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What Does Sclerosis Mean
Exactly what it is: That means you do have the disease condition which is currently very quiet but may become active again sometime in the future as can often be expected in MS. ...Read more
Just had CT scan and radiologist said I have mild iliac side sclerosis. What does this mean? Is there need for worry?
SIJ disorder: 27 y male's sclerotic sacroiliac joint (SIJ) iliac surface has signs reflective of chronic biomechanical joint injury. Expected symptoms: chronic low back pain & possibly sciatica. Sclerosis follows upon chronic joint subluxation; secondary to chronic SIJ ligament laxity from injury (lifting/severe buttock fall). Extreme sports participation is speculated. See Osteopath & have a diagnostic block. ...Read more
Degenrative DO: Als is a neurologic disease where nerves in the central nervous system degenerate, leading to weakness. This can cause inability to walk or use the hands or arms, facial weakness, difficulty eating and swallowing, and respiratory difficulties, leading to infections like pneumonia. It is not a curable disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does "patchy sclerosis in both scapulae and left upper ribs are in keeping with metastasis" mean?
Talk to your Doctor: Sclerotic bone lesions involving multiple bones in a patient with known malignancy is highly concerning for bone metastasis (spread of tumor to the bones). Additional differential considerations include paget's disease, lymphoma, bone infarcts and hyperparathyroidism. You should discuss your results with your treating physician to formulate a plan on further work up and management decisions. ...Read more
What does patchy sclerosis in both scapulae and left upper ribs are also keeping metastasis mean in layman's term?
Type of bone lesion: Destructive bone lesions on x-ray can appear as voids, where there is missing calcium (lytic lesions) or more dense areas where excessive calcium is deposited in abnormal bone (sclerotic lesions). Cancer is not the only cause of such lesions, but when cancer spreads to bone, and it is visible on x-ray, it is either lytic or sclerotic. The pattern on x-ray can help determine the kind of cancer. ...Read more
Osteoarthritis: It means there are osteoarthritic changes at that location. ...Read more
Can you define vascular sclerosis and venous dilation and tortuosity on fundus exam? What does that actually mean?
Vascular retinopathy: Vascular sclerosis (or hardening of the retinal blood vessels), mostly in the arterioles, are associated with chronic effects of hypertension. Venous dilation and tortuousity, mean that the veins are dilated and more tortuous than normal. These changes are associated with slower drainage of blood flow out of the eye, and may signify impending vein occlusion. Requires retina specialist follow-up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What is chronic microvascular ischemic disease, chronic migraine, and a disseminating process such as multiple sclerosis mean on MRI? Do I have MS?
You're the patient..: ...not the MRI. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by your doctor & for a reason. The radiologist isn't paid to diagnose YOU; (s)he just looks at studies & reports what (s)he sees. Go back to the ordering MD; diagnosing YOU is his/her job. Ask to see the MRI: in radiology, 1 picture is worth 1000 words. ...Read more
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