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What does subchondral edema mean and how is it treated in knees and also hat does sclerosis mean and how it that treated in knees?

What does subchondral edema mean and how is it treated in knees and also hat does sclerosis mean and how it that treated in knees?

Terminology: Subchondral edema means you have a bone bruise under the cartilage in your knee representing microfractures in the trabecular bone. Sclerosis means hardening or increased bone deposition as a result of increased mechanical stress following wolff's law. Treatment can vary depending on age, severity and cause. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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What causes subchondral bone edema in my ankle?

What causes subchondral bone edema in my ankle?

Subchondral edema: Subchonral bone edema in your ankle typically occurs after an injury like an ankle sprain. Usually associated with a talar done lesion. ...Read more

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My MRI reads. Subchondral irregularity in the weight- bearing portion of the medial femoral condyle and extensive marrow edema . Whats going on?

My MRI reads. Subchondral irregularity in the weight- bearing portion of the medial femoral condyle and extensive marrow edema . Whats going on?

Bony edema.....: This could be related to underlying degenerative arthritis or spontaneous osteonecrosis in the knee (SONK). The crucial factor is the integrity of the chondral surface and the subchondral bone. That may help determine treatment options for this patient. ...Read more

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"Meso- acromiale, with a small subchondral cyst across the synchdrosis but no bone marrow edema" (My shoulder MRI report) Plz explain. And solution?

"Meso- acromiale, with a small subchondral cyst across the synchdrosis but no bone marrow edema" (My shoulder MRI report) Plz explain. And solution?

2-piece bone: The acromium is a small part of your shoulder blade on top of your shoulder. As it forms, 2 parts fuse to make one solid bone. In your case, the 2 parts did not finish fusing. Sometimes that is no problem, other times there is motion at the synchondrosis (place where the two bones are joined by cartilage, rather than bone). You have a cyst there, so you undoubtedly have motion and probably pain. ...Read more

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Mild edema in fpb& odm, multiple subchondral cysts, some fluid in 1st dorsal compartment of wrist, Blood work normal, no fractures, Age 33 diagnosis?

Mild edema in fpb& odm, multiple subchondral cysts, some fluid in 1st dorsal compartment of wrist, Blood work normal, no fractures, Age 33 diagnosis?

Mild arthritis: sounds like an MRI report. interpreting mild findings like that is difficult. one must know the symptoms and physical exam findings. please talk to the doctor who ordered the study (and presumably examined you). Subchondral cysts generally indicate osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis). ...Read more

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Injured for >2 months. MRI reveals extensive bone marrow edema in midfoot and navic and subchondral fx navicular. X-ray shows the fx. Will this heal?

Injured for >2 months. MRI reveals extensive bone marrow edema in midfoot and navic and subchondral fx navicular. X-ray shows the fx.  Will this heal?

Probably: Should be under care of orthopedic doctor. With proper immobilization with cast or brace and then probably some physical therapy the injury will probably heal.Sometimes there may be ligamentous injury but your mri would detect this aberration. Healing process may take longer since injury already two months old. ...Read more

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I'm 37 yrs old, bad knee pain,knee MRI says osteochondral lesion & subchondral cyst marrow edema suprapatellar effusion. What's wrong with my knee?

I'm 37 yrs old, bad knee pain,knee MRI says osteochondral lesion & subchondral cyst marrow edema suprapatellar effusion. What's wrong with my knee?

Inflammation: Your knee is inflamed. See a doctor. Consider lifestyle changes to address underlying inflammation. Try anti-inflammatory foods; avoid inflammatory food. Eliminate toxic exposures. Exercise judiciously--isometric exercises to begin. Progress to passive, then active, range of motion exercises, strengthening and endurance exercises. Read "Foods That Fight Pain" by Neal Barnard, MD. ...Read more

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What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

Cartilage damage: Prominent marrow edema of the lateral trochlea means that the cartilage covering the bone in this area is injured or worn thin. This is a common place to develop arthritis which causes marrow edema when the cartilage gets too thin or is worn out and bare bone is exposed there. If you had a recent injury, it could be cartilage damage rather than arthritis. See your provider for recommendations. ...Read more

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An MRI revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my left sore left hip. What is that? All bloodwork normal. Thanks.

An MRI revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my left sore left hip.  What is that?  All bloodwork normal. Thanks.

Like edema: or swelling elsewhere in the body, edema in the marrow is a response to injury, inflammation, or other pathologic insults. In that particular location, trauma, arthritis, or potentially avascular necrosis are among the possibilities. Talk to your doc about the significance in your case. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for subchondral insufficiency fracture left femoral head with extensive bone marrow edema?

What is the recovery time for subchondral insufficiency fracture left femoral head with extensive bone marrow edema?

Depends: classically we say fractures heal in 6-8 weeks but insufficiency fractures mean the bone was weak or not healthy in the first place and may take longer ...Read more

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What is a small subchondral fracture defomity of the lateral figures facet with prominent bone marrow edema? Moderate size joint effusion.

What is a small subchondral fracture defomity of the lateral figures facet with prominent bone marrow edema?
Moderate size joint effusion.

Joint abnl: Need to identify which joint ar u asking about , Is it the knee ? . Subchondral microfractures and prominent bone marrow edema are descriptions of the same thing . Typically r quite painful and may respond with axial bony paste. Which is only performed in the or by an orthopaedic d ...Read more

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Both CT and MRI's revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my sore left hip. What is that? All bloodwork was normal. Thanks.

Both CT and MRI's revealed subchondral bone marrow edema in my sore left hip. What is that? All bloodwork was normal. 

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Subchondral Edema: This signifies bone reaction when stressed. Many if not the majority of sore hips are soft tissue injuries. But these tests suggest a possible bone problem. Please see an orthopedist or MD specializes in these injuries. ...Read more

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4month ago MRI subcondral edema contusion and fluid around the tendon sheath now no pain verry little swelling and my ankle only get tired? Treatment?

4month ago MRI subcondral edema contusion and fluid around the tendon sheath now no pain verry little swelling and my ankle only get tired? Treatment?

Stay active: If there is no pain, i recommend that you continue with all activities as tolerated to build back your strength and stamina. Some patients benefit from some physical therapy. I would not be concerned with a little swelling at this point. ...Read more

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Can you please explain acetabular rim subchondral bone marrow oedema with anterosuperior notching in the bone cortex ?

See an orthopedist: This too complex to explain in 400 characters. See a good orthopedic surgeon and have them start from scratch. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: edema?

What is the definition or description of: edema?

A collection of: Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water retention. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the definition of mucosal edema?

What is the definition of mucosal edema?

Mucosal edema: Mucosal edema = swelling or buildup of fluid in the layer of tissue that lines the inside of the body. (like stomach, larynx etc). ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more