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Is it appropriate to have a CT scan for a bone cyst?

Is it appropriate to have a CT scan for a bone cyst?

Sometimes: The issue is usualy being sure it is a bone cyst and not something more sinister- so imaging is one way to help decide this- sometimes a simple xray picture suffices, sometimes a ct or mr scan or bone scan is needed. Sometimes there is enough uncertainty that a biopsy of the area is needed- often with just a needle. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Difference between bone spur and bone cyst?

Difference between bone spur and bone cyst?

Different: A bone spur is an area of bone growth where a muscle, tendon, or ligament inserts. This attachment is called an enthesis. A bone cyst is a cyst within the substance of the bone and, as such, contains fluid. ...Read more

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Is possible that a 29 years old person couldhave unicameral bone cyst?

Is possible that a 29 years old person couldhave unicameral bone cyst?

Rarely: They usually occur in people under age 20. While not impossible, it would be rare. See an orthopaedic surgeon, preferably an orthopaedic oncologist (an orthopaedist trained in treating bone-joint-muscle tumors, both benign and malignant). Others can do tests (mri, ct for example), but if someone suggests biopsy, the orthopaedic oncologist is the person to see. ...Read more

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Bump above pubic bone cyst or pregnant?

Not clear: Find out regarding pregnancy with a home pregnancy test. Otherwise, a "bump" can be a symptom of many diagnoses. It depends on your personal medical and surgical history, body habitus, history of previous trauma, etc. Your best bet would be to see a qualified general surgeon, for a detailed history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Got an xray of my elbow. Might be fractured. F/u in a week. Dr called, said I have a bone cyst. Should i be worried? What should I do?

Got an xray of my elbow. Might be fractured. F/u in a week. Dr called, said I have a bone cyst. Should i be worried? What should I do?

Repeat X-ray: Bone cysts are usually of no concern. But they do create a "weak spot" which can fracture. The reason for the repeat xray is because elbow fractures can be very subtle. They become more obvious after 7-10 days. If there is high suspicion for fxr, or fluid in the joint, then repeat xrays are needed. ...Read more

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Painless oval lump above right knee. Firm and doesn't seem to move. No discomfort or recent injury. Near former unicameral bone cyst. ?

Painless oval lump above right knee. Firm and doesn't seem to move. No discomfort or recent injury. Near former unicameral bone cyst. ?

More information ndd: You probably have an idea whether it's in the skin layer or deeper. It sounds deeper than the skin (doesn't move). Since firm, it's prob. not a benign fat tumor (lipoma). In that case it suggests either a cyst (fluid-filled) or a fibroma (think of as overgrowth of scar tissue), both also benign. However this is something you may want to have your doctor, NP or PA look at sometime. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more


Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more