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Per l knee MRI report, what is grade 4 medial compartment chondromalacia with high-grade, full thickness condral loss? Mild patellar tendinosis?

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Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology
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In brief: Cartilage loss

We all lose cartilage to some degree as we age, which is the cause of arthritis.
There is a spectrum from mild thinning, to complete absence. Full thickness chondral loss refers to an area where there is no cartilage. Mild patellar tendonosis refers to a mild inflammation in the patellar tendon, the tendon which connects your patella (knee cap) to your tibia (shin).

In brief: Cartilage loss

We all lose cartilage to some degree as we age, which is the cause of arthritis.
There is a spectrum from mild thinning, to complete absence. Full thickness chondral loss refers to an area where there is no cartilage. Mild patellar tendonosis refers to a mild inflammation in the patellar tendon, the tendon which connects your patella (knee cap) to your tibia (shin).
Dr. Amy Levine
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Dr. Christopher Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia grading is basically an estimation of the remaining thickness of cartilage on the end of the bone (articular surface).
Grade 1 is essentially the best while grade 4 means full thickness loss of cartilage covering the end of the bone. I would see your orthopedic surgeon for your options in the management of your injury.

In brief: Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia grading is basically an estimation of the remaining thickness of cartilage on the end of the bone (articular surface).
Grade 1 is essentially the best while grade 4 means full thickness loss of cartilage covering the end of the bone. I would see your orthopedic surgeon for your options in the management of your injury.
Dr. Christopher Dougherty
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