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Suprapatellar Joint Effusion
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
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
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
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
Knee inflammation: It means your knee is inflamed as this bursa communicates with the knee. ...Read more
My male friends X-ray report: very early oa change, fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion. What does this mean?
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
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
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
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
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
Traumatic inflammato: Occur more commonly than septic effusion they are both aseptic. ...Read more
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
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
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
I have a 3 mm talar dome osteochondral injury occuring 3 months ago. Would the small tibiotalar joint effusion be as a result?
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
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
I took a MRI for my knees and they said I have something. Like a small joint effusion. What dose that mean?
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
slipped one year before. I got M RI report that I have mild joint effusion. Plz suggest me precautions and treatment. Thanks. Age 36, 80 kg. 5-4"?
Joint effusion: Which joint? I wouldn't do any restrictions as long as there isn't any pain ...Read more
Hi. Have circumferential subcuraneous soft tissue edema along with horizontal tear of posterior horn-medial + lateral menisci and small joint effusion?
See an ortho: You should probably see an orthopedic doctor. ...Read more
Please see an orthopedic surgeon, as you may require arthroscopic repair.
Good luck. ...Read more
Mri shows joint effusion & synovitis & the acromion has type 1 morphology. Could u explain so I can understand thanks?
Is it normal to have joint effusion after 6 months of rehab for kneecap arthroscopic? Will it recover itself or cause any problem in the future?
Depends: It depends on the severity of the original injury and how much damage it caused to the joint and kneecap. ...Read more
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
Intermediate signal involving the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus consistent with transverse tear nd moderate joint effusion. What is treatmen?
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
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
Medial meniscal tear & full thickness cartilage fissuring flap over the lateral patellar facet adjacent to apex w/ associated joint effusion?
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