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Doctor insights on: Could Accutane Cause The Deterioration Of Knee Cartilage

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Could Accutane cause the deterioration of knee cartilage?

Could Accutane cause the deterioration of knee cartilage?

Nolt likely: By cartilage degeneration, I am assume you mean meniscus degeneration. This is not list as an adverse event. Also on nlm search there were no articles that reported any meniscus problem associated with Accutane use. Joint pain and musculoskeletal symptoms are not uncommon. If you mean arthritis, it has been reported as an associated adverse event and is mentioned in the package insert. ...Read more

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Knee cartilage deterioration, moderate narrowing, small joint effusion, periarticular spur fluid; MRI clear yet terrible pain. what can be done now?

Knee cartilage deterioration, moderate narrowing, small joint effusion, periarticular spur fluid; MRI clear yet terrible pain. what can be done now?

Knee pain: sounds like there is some arthritic changes--and I suspect MRI has ruled out meniscal tear. If not responding to high dose nsaids ie aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen and rest--to orthopedics and may need a procedure ...Read more

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Can deterioration of the knee cartilage affect the whole leg? ( by way of muscle strain, cramps, or weakness when stepping)

Can deterioration of the knee cartilage affect the whole leg? ( by way of muscle strain, cramps, or weakness when stepping)

Very Good Chance!: If your knee cartilage is damaged, your knee will not function correctly. Most folks will favor the other knee, or alter their body mechanics to compensate. This may with time lead to dysfunction in other areas. Your body can also involuntarily stop firing muscle groups to try to protect the injured knee. A good physical therapy program or home exercises may be an option if early enough. ...Read more

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What are the causes of knee cartilage ulcer, if I do not treat this problem what will happen to my knee in the future? Manu thanks

Can cause knee pain: Knee cartilage ulcers are an injury to the hyaline cartilage that lines the ends of bones at joints. Cartilage injuries can occur due to sports trauma or due to cumulative injuries to the knee as we get older. If you have a focal lesion, you should have it treated surgically since you are 26, and if you have pain. If you don't, you may develop arthritis in the future, or have knee pain. Many good minimally invasive surgical options exist to treat cartilage injuries. Check this link for more info. http://nycsportsmed.com/osteochondral-defects.html. ...Read more

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Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Yes, but...: Steroids decrease inflammation and therefore help to decrease pain associated with injury or surgery. While a steroid injection or oral steroids may help decrease symptoms, they will not restore cartilage or reverse/prevent arthritis. Nonetheless, they can be helpful if used judiciously to "jumpstart" your recovery. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for knee cartilage wear?

What are treatment options for knee cartilage wear?

Multiple: There are many options, including arthroscopic drilling; cartilage harvesting, groth, and then implantation; visco supplementation; braces and osteo roomies to " offload" the area, joint resurfacing, etc. Don't hesitate to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss which option would be best for you. ...Read more

Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more