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My fiance has been diagnosed with moderate-sized suprapatellar joint effusion for over 4 months now and it won't go away, what could be the cause?

My fiance has been diagnosed with moderate-sized suprapatellar joint effusion for over 4 months now and it won't go away, what could be the cause?

Injury vs over use: I'm assuming he is under a dr's care given the diagnosis. 4 months is protracted, if he is following his doc's care plan and not improving, a second option is indicated. ...Read more

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What is suprapatellar joint effusion with synovitis?

What is suprapatellar joint effusion with synovitis?

The definitions: Supra=means above, so suprapatellar means above the patella. Synovitis=inflammation of the synovium, the tissue lining of the joint capsule (the fibrous, tough tissue surrounding your joint--see picture). So, you have sme fluid/swelling above the patella and inflammation along the edges of your joint. These terms =big bucks? :-)) hope that makes sense. Good luck. ...Read more

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Small suprapatellar joint effusion mild right lateral joint space narrowing and spurring of the articular surfaces?

Small suprapatellar joint effusion mild right lateral joint space narrowing and spurring of the articular surfaces?

Osteoarthritis: It sounds like you are reading the x-ray report of someone with knee osteoarthritis. Joint space narrowing = cartilage loss. Spurring = bone spurs. Suprapatellar joint effusion = typical small amount of extra joint fluid seen in osteoarthritis. Sounds like a mild to moderate case. ...Read more

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Horizontal Tear of the Posterior Horn of the Medial Menistic &Suprapatellar joint Effusion, Articular Cartilage Loss & 3MM Medial Popliteal Cyst means

Horizontal Tear of the Posterior Horn of the Medial Menistic &Suprapatellar joint Effusion, Articular Cartilage Loss & 3MM Medial Popliteal Cyst means

Arthritis and tear: The cartilage loss is similar to saying you have degenerative arthritis setting up in your knee. The meniscus is a cartilage cushion present in your knee, there is one present medically and one lateral, and you have a tear in one as well. I would go through your MRI with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more

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My male friends X-ray report: very early oa change, fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion. What does this mean?

Arthritis: Early oa change, suggests narrowing of the joint space, and signs of early arthritis.

Effusion is the medical term for fluid.
Not unusual to have some fluid anytime there is inflammation. But remember, inflammation can be from many different things. Arthritis, gout, infection (many more). Up to the doctor, to evaluate the knee and determine why there is fluid. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Male friends xray very early oa change fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion? Plays soccer w:76kg h: 174cm mostly muscel

Somewhat vague: You do not mention an injury occurring, but knee injuries are frequently encountered in soccer. The early oa changes likely indicate that there is some evidence of cartilage loss on the xray. This is not uncommon. The joint effusion may indicate that there is some internal derangement in the knee (e.g., a ligamentous injury). If he had injury and has pain, consider sports med consult and mri. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for small superpatellar joint effusion? Do we need to have a mri?

What is the treatment for small superpatellar joint effusion? Do we need to have a mri?

Probably nothing: Small joint effusions can be caused by many, many things, most require no testing or intervention. If the joint hurts, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as advil (ibuprofen) can be helpful as can ice massage. Mostly rest and time. Imaging is not usually required for a non-traumatic, small effusion. ...Read more

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What is tibiotalar joint effusion?

See details: Fluid in the tibiotalar joint related to inflammation of that joint. ...Read more

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What does it mean by mild joint effusion with synovitis?

What does it mean by mild joint effusion with synovitis?

Inflammation: It suggests some inflammation in the joint. Can be from sprain or trauma or other conditions like rheumatoid. Please follow up with your doctors. Best wishes ...Read more

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Mild tricompart mental osteoarthric changes Torn PHMM Minimal joint effusion, with sizable backers cyst?

Mild tricompart mental osteoarthric changes Torn PHMM Minimal joint effusion, with sizable backers cyst?

Physical therspy: The most important treatment for you is quad strengthening exercise. In addition to this there are medications, wedge insoles, injections, and surgeries to help relieve symptoms. There are many over the counter treatments such as moist heat, sports creams, Tylenol (acetaminophen) which you can use as well ...Read more

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What is minimal joint effusion?

What is minimal joint effusion?

Fluid: Effusion means fluid that escapes... So in your case, minimal joint effusion is just that, a small amount of fluid has entered the joint and made it minimally swollen. ...Read more

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Why won't my joint effusion go away?

See details: Joint swelling usually does not spontaneously resolve. It needs to be evaluate to determine the cause and treated appropriately. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What dose small tibiitalar joint effusion mean?

Inflammation: It means there may be inflammation of that joint, especially if you have pain in that area. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an aseptic joint effusion?

What sort of problem is an aseptic joint effusion?

Aseptic vs septic: An aseptic effusion can be due to an injury. If no injury occurs, an effusion can develop due to synovitis (acute inflammation of the joint). Patients with arthritis present with effusions as well when they are having a flair of the arthritis. A septic effusion means that you have an infection in that joint & that needs to be treated with at least an aspiration & antibiotics and possible surgery. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get an aseptic joint effusion?

Traumatic inflammato: Occur more commonly than septic effusion they are both aseptic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Aseptic joint effusion?

Non infectious fluid: An effusion is an abnormal collection of fluid in a joint. A septic effusion is caused by infection. An aseptic effusion would be an increase in joint fluid that is not infectious; this usually include an inflammatory, arthritic, or traumatic cause. Gout is just one example of a condition that can cause an aseptic effusion. ...Read more

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At what point is surgery needed to treat tibiotalar joint effusion?

Can't answer: If you have ankle swelling that persists see your MD or orthopedic surgeon. Some ankle 'effusions ' (? Mri quote) are response to an injury, infection, systemic disease, etc. Etc. Without any history I cannot even attempt to answer. Give a thorough history and get examined! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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What is definition of joint effusion tfcc tear wrist?

What is definition of joint effusion tfcc tear wrist?

Ligament tear: The tfcc is the triangulo-fibro-cartilage complex. It connects the radius and ulna bone at the wrist. When torn can lead to pain and swelling (effusion) within the joint. ...Read more

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What can been done for medium joint effusion when the doctor won't remove fluid and I can't take anti imflammatory meds?

Joint effusions: Joint effusions can be caused by so many different conditions such as arthritis of various types or trauma. When the underlying condition is managed, the effusion will subside. But you could always go to see another doctor who could help you or get a referral from your doctor to see a specialist (rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon, depending on the underlying problem). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for aseptic joint effusion?

It depend on the: Reason, gout have treatment and other the same, if it is viral anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery for a joint effusion, meniscal tear?

Do I need surgery for a joint effusion, meniscal tear?

NOT always, but..: A meniscal tear with an effusion (bloody fluid on the knee) is usually a sign of significant internal knee damage. The torn meniscus may cause more damage to the internal structures of the knee so surgery is usually indicated. Follow the advice of your orthopedist. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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Is a medium size joint effusion a lot of fluid in the knee?

Is a medium size joint effusion a lot of fluid in the knee?

Yes: There are multiple questions to be asked about this effusion. If is happened as a result of trauma are the components of the knee intact? If it occurred without trauma is it from an infection? Does a sample of the fluid need to be taken for analysis? I'm afraid you, or whoever's knee we're talking about, should see a doctor. Sorry for the inconvenience at a time like this. ...Read more

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I took a MRI for my knees and they said I have something. Like a small joint effusion. What dose that mean?

Knee MRI: Effusion is "water on the knee". This could be benign or caused by an internal derangement (ie: cartilage tear). ...Read more

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An injury caused a large joint effusion w/ elevation of the anterior & posterior fat pads on elbow. Will the fat pads heal and return to its place?

An injury caused a large joint effusion w/ elevation of the anterior & posterior fat pads on elbow. Will the fat pads heal and return to its place?

Kind of: The fat pads are normal structures and so they don't really heal. In a x-ray of a normal elbow, they are usually not seen as they are within the joint. When the elbow joint has extra fluid in it, they float out of the joint and are visible. So when you see fat pads on an x-ray, that is a sign of a significant elbow injury even if a fracture is not seen, as in an occult radial head fracture. ...Read more

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MRI notes medial meniscus root tear, & moderate to large joint effusion?

Orthopedic: Please see an orthopedic surgeon, as you may require arthroscopic repair.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Mri shows joint effusion & synovitis & the acromion has type 1 morphology. Could u explain so I can understand thanks?

Mri shows joint effusion & synovitis & the acromion has type 1 morphology. Could u explain so I can understand thanks?

The MRI shows a nor-: Mal acromion (bone on the outer and upper aspect of the shoulder, while there is some fluid in the joint due to inflammation of the lining of the joint. ...Read more

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I have joint effusion over fluid and a small tear on the collateral ligament on my knee. Is it going to heal itself? It hurts a lot when I bend it all

I have joint effusion over fluid and a small tear on the collateral ligament on my knee. Is it going to heal itself? It hurts a lot when I bend it all

With good treatment.: See your doctor, sports medicine physician, or physiatrist to get proper treatment for your condition. That will maximize your outcomes. Most small tears can heal without surgery. Avoid forcing the knee into extreme flexion. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Supra pateller joint effusion suspected on right knee of my wife. What should I do?

Supra pateller joint effusion suspected on right knee of my wife. What should I do?

Effusion is a sympto: M, and a visit 2 an ortho may be advisable. There needs 2 b a good history of when, trauma/ tho small, repetitive use as running squats, any tick bites. U may have 2 think back a few days or a week to look 4 anything that may have happened. Many times there may b something that u did not even notice. Knee xam, x-rays, good exam, labs will put u on the right path 2 dx. ...Read more

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Chondral loss in my lateral patellar and femoral trochilea. Minimal joint effusion and bone marrow edemia. What are my options?

Chondral loss in my lateral patellar and femoral trochilea. Minimal joint effusion and bone marrow edemia. What are my options?

Osteoarthritis: Your description is consistent with osteoarthritis. Keep your weight controlled. A strengthening program for your quadriceps muscles as well as stretching your hamstrings will help to reduce symptoms. You may benefit from physical therapy or water exercise classes. Pain can be treated with tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaids. You could possibly benefit from viscosupplementation such as synvisc or euflexxa. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery for advanced tricompartmental degernative joint disease in left knee with small joint effusion and several large ossified loose bodi?

Do I need surgery for advanced tricompartmental degernative joint disease in left knee with small joint effusion and several large ossified loose bodi?

Likely you will.: That sounds like a severely degenerated knee, especially for someone of your young age. That youth will likely relegate you to surgical correction - knee replacement - at some point, usually when the knee starts to feel unstable of if the pain becomes so severe that you simply can no longer use the knee effectively. But why is the knee so bad? ...Read more

Effusion (Definition)

Increased joint fluid or ...Read more