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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Cartilage growing outside skin in nostril, should I be concerned?

Cartilage growing outside skin in nostril, should I be concerned?

Cartilage in nose: Greetings. The cartilage is probably an asymmetric anatomical deformity. Probably of little to no significance except for cosmetic reasons. See your ENT doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when I move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when I move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Cartilage: Sounds normal to me but any time you are concerned by this it would be wise to see your doctor.
If something wrong is indeed found your doctor will take care of you.
If there is nothing wrong you will be pleased. ...Read more

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Recently shaved my head, noticed a small white spot or piece in the middle of the birth mark on the base of my head. Bone? Cartilage? Help, thnx!

Recently shaved my head, noticed a small white spot or piece in the middle of the birth mark on the base of my head. Bone? Cartilage? Help, thnx!

Get it checked: It is very hard to say what the white spot on the scalp on the base of your head, middle of the birth mark. It is unlikely to be anything serious but since you are concerned, get it looked at by your Primary Care Doctor. ...Read more

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I recently had an MRI of my rt hip that shows degeneration, thinning of the cartilage, narrowing if hip space and a mass on the femoral head options?

What type of mass: The other problems you state are treated like an arthritic joint-i.E meds, injections, therapy, weight loss, surgery. The mass needs to be evaluated to determine what it is and where its from. ...Read more

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Inside my ear keeps making a light tapping of cartilage type of sound. Popping feeling, im not sick. It happens mostly when I lie down/ tilt my head?

Inside my ear keeps making a light tapping of cartilage type of sound. Popping feeling, im not sick. It happens mostly when I lie down/ tilt my head?

2 possibilities: If examination of the ear canal and ear drum are normal, there are 2 possibilities for your sensation. 1.) You may be aware of the Eustachian tube allowing pressure equalization of pressure in the middle ear or 2.) You may be aware of spontaneous vibration of one of the 2 muscles in the middle ear. Either of these conditions are not serious. ...Read more

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5 mo old baby has 2 different ears, one is flat against his head, other is slightly bigger and sticks out, Is it likely the sticking out ear will become less prominent or harden closer to the head? Cartilage still very soft, any treatment options?

5 mo old baby has 2 different ears, one is flat against his head, other is slightly bigger and sticks out, Is it likely the sticking out ear will become less prominent or harden closer to the head? Cartilage still very soft, any treatment options?

Depends: This is not unusual and the treatment if any depends on the degree of difference. Kids most often come out this way do to the way they are positioned in the womb, or gradually develop it due to sleep position. In the US, plastic surgeons may treat with a variety of inserts positioned within and around the ear or ears. You might check with your doc first to see if won't improve on its own. ...Read more

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I have a swollen, red hard bump on the cartilage/earlobe area of my ear. I would say it is about the size of two peas. Appeared today, no head to it.

I have a swollen, red hard bump on the cartilage/earlobe area of my ear. I would say it is about the size of two peas. Appeared today, no head to it.

Ear papule: Could try warm soaks and topical bacitacin x 12 hours, if not improving or getting worse go to ENT or ER as may need lancing, antibiotics and if on ccatilage a pressure dressing ...Read more

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MRI Grade 2/3 chrondromalacia glenohumeral joint w/ high grade cartilage loss, Bone marrow edema of the humeral head, mod. Glenohumeral effusion?

MRI Grade 2/3 chrondromalacia glenohumeral joint w/ high grade cartilage loss, Bone marrow edema of the humeral head, mod. Glenohumeral effusion?

Degenerative changes: This constellation is typical of osteoarthritic degenerative changes. The cause is non-specific and can be related to prior shoulder trauma or just a life time of heavy use. ...Read more

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Ent dr says thing I feel in my nose is just cartilage in that nostril. I should have asked him why I have only semirecently noticed. Can cartilage grow?

Ent dr says thing I feel in my nose is just cartilage in that nostril. I should have asked him why I have only semirecently noticed. Can cartilage grow?

Septum?: Ask your ENT if it is septal cartilage? Cartilage in this area usually does not grow although t here can be growths in this area of the septum (partition in the nose). ...Read more

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I have a hard bump under the nose inside the skin. Its painful but not always. It will get smaller and grow bigger. What do you think it could be? Wha

I have a hard bump under the nose inside the skin. Its painful but not always. It will get smaller and grow bigger. What do you think it could be? Wha

Bump: This may be an inclusion cyst under the skin. Apparently it is not inflamed or infected. A physician would have to examine it to make the diagnosis however. ...Read more

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Hi. I've been having persistent swelling, zits, etc. On the tip of my nose for about 5 months. They start out as a pinch type feeling then grow and usually come to a head inside the nostril. Skin gets very red and sore. Very annoying. Can you help?

Hi. I've been having persistent swelling, zits, etc. On the tip of my nose for about 5 months. They start out as a pinch type feeling then grow and usually come to a head inside the nostril. Skin gets very red and sore. Very annoying. Can you help?

These: These are probably small cysts or inflamed follicles in the nose (sort of like acne in the nose). This could be a manifestation of harboring a bacteria in the nose that is inflaming the follicles. I would recommend polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment for a week or so to the area. If not improved soon, consider a visit to a dermatologist who might perform a culture of the area and maybe prescribe an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Does nose (cartilage) heal on its own?

It will heal: Nose cartilage does heal on it's own. This is great if your nose is straight but if your nose has been broken then the bones may make the softer cartilage take an abnormal shape and then your nose may heal in that abnormal shape. So if you have any injuries to your nose I would see an ENT and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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How could I know my nose cartilage is damaged?

How could I know my nose cartilage is damaged?

Nasal cartilage: If the appearance of your nose bothers you, you can have it evaluated by a board certified surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. ...Read more

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