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Marrow Edema

Posted by Robert on 3/24/03 at 20:02 (114348)

Dear Foot Doctor, Could you tell me what is Marrow Edema and how bad it is to have in your ankle area,Hope you can answer my question for me. Sincerely,Robert

Re: Marrow Edema

Ed Davis, DPM on 3/26/03 at 23:03 (114736)

Robert:
The term 'marrow edema' does not refer to a diagnosis. It can be a finding on MRI which can be found after trauma. It has limited meaning as an isolated finding so we would need more complete information before attempting to provide any guidance.
Ed

Re: Marrow Edema-Dr.ED

Robert on 3/27/03 at 09:07 (114750)

Dear Dr.Ed, I had a M.R.I. done of my ankle and the results came back showing that I have,Osteopenia,and Osteochondritis dissecans,Degenerative bone changes, and a Marginal Osteophyte formation in the ankle area,it also showed marrow signal abnormality in the dome of the talus anteriorly and abnormality in the adjacent subcortical tibia.Doctor could you tell me what is going on,and what can all these symptoms do to my ankle,and is my ankle in bad shape with all these symptoms I've mentioned above.Doctor hope you answer my questions for me. Sincerely,Robert

Re: Marrow Edema-Dr.ED

Ed Davis, DPM on 3/27/03 at 17:21 (114780)

Robert:
I will be happy to discuss the meaning of those findings but has not the doctor who ordered the MRI discussed the findings with you?

It is likely that you injured the ankle previously in a manner that cartilage was sheared off the joint causing islands of cartilage and bone in the joint. It also sounds like there is some extra bone in the front part of the ankle joint which may be interfering with ankle joint function and possibly causing some impingement of tissues in that part of the joint.

What did the MRI show concerning the condition of the ligaments of the ankle? Are you seeing a specialist?
Ed

Re: Dr.Davis

Robert on 3/28/03 at 09:59 (114815)

Hello Dr.Davis, Yes!! my Doctor went over the M.R.I. with me,and he told me my ankle is in very bad shape,do you agree with my Doctor.Dr.Davis what is Marrow signal abnormality in the dome of the talus anteriorly and abnormality in the adjacent subcortical tibia,what does this mean.Dr.Davis my Doctor won't do anything with my ankle because I have RSD,and he said if he does any thing surgically it would make my RSD worse,that all my doctor told me.Dr.Davis if you give me your Email address I would send you pictures of my foot and ankle to view,only if you want to,Doctor what would these symptoms I mentioned would do to my ankle.My Doctor did not say anything about the condition of my ligaments of my ankle,he only told me my ankle is in very bad shape and if he does anything it would make my RSD worse,so I'm a mess and confuse about this.I had a Triple Arthrodesis of the hindfoot and forefoot in 1983, I also have foot drop,Doctor can RSD cause all these symptoms I have in my ankle.Hope you can eplain to me what is actually going on in my ankle with the symptoms I have mentioned in my previous Email for me. Sincerely,Robert

Re: Dr.Davis

Suzie on 4/14/03 at 08:12 (116081)

Robert
I am so sorry to hear you have the monster RSD , I too lived with this and all kinds of foot problems. I am not sure how long you have had the RSD but it is important to get the RSD under control first, is it in the ankle that you are having problems with??? I know everyone has different opinions but after 2 years and three surgerys on my foot I did a series of 4 sympathetic nerve blocks in 10 days and the monster has gone. Of course any surgerys you are thinking of doing should be done with a block for the RSD. Hopefully you have a good PM Doctor to help you through this. If I can help let me know.
Susie

Re: susie!!!

Robert on 4/14/03 at 14:20 (116101)

Hello Susie, I have had this terrible monster for 20 years,and it's getting worse,what kind of foot problems do you have with your RSD,how did yours start and its in remission your RSD.Susie thank you for writing and telling me about your RSD,SUSIE how old were you when you got RSD,I was 18years old when I got RSD,are you in alot of pain.Susie hope to hear back from you again. Sincerely, Robert

Re: Susie!!!

Robert on 4/14/03 at 17:54 (116112)

Hello Susie, I forgot to ask you what kind of doctors treated your RSD,and if you want maybe you could give me your email address so we could write back and forth and talk about this monster of RSD,ONLY IF YOU WANT. Sincerely,Robert

Re: Robert

Suzie on 4/14/03 at 19:07 (116127)

Robert
I just typed you a very long message and when I hit send it got lost!!! PLease feel free to email me . (email removed)
Talk to you soon
Susie

Re: Marrow Edema

priscilla on 7/23/08 at 13:36 (248652)

dear dr. i recently had a mri done on my right knee, the conculsion: 1.a large area of marrow edema an osteohondral abnormality is seen in the posterior weightbearing lateral femoral condyle consistent with osteochondritis/osteonecrosis? my ankle is killing me ,the pain is now moving up past my knee and up to my thigh, and groin area? can you tell me what i am looking towards as in the future? i cannot walk or bear any weight on any of my joints. i only have crutches and cannot use them to my shoulder and elbow and hands hurt, i cannot walk, and i looking towards being a surgery candidate? and how do they treat this illness..

Re: ankle pain

erma v on 9/18/09 at 19:58 (260690)

my mri report joint effusion edema of the soft tissues, fluid within the peroneal and medial tendon sheaths consistent with tenosynovitis. signal abnormality of the tarsal bones, which may represent chronic changs. marrow edema cannot be excluded. clinical correlayion is recommended.what does all of this mean will my ankle and foot get better. the pain started last november I went to the dr in may of this year and he has been given me injection. may up until aug 1st of this year. i refuse to take any more injections do to my ankle and foot Ican't walk 3blocks.Ihave sugar and afraid. Please could you tell me something. thank you.

Re: Marrow Edema

liz on 10/01/09 at 09:48 (260982)

hi I had a mri and I went to the doc and he told me there was nothing hecould do for my knee the mri showed a undersurface tear and body and posterior medial meniscus (2) showed slightly worsening cartilage irregularity and subchondral reactive marrow edema of the patellar apex is there anything I can do about this my knee gives out on me and my knee hurts please help thank you

Re: Marrow Edema

liz on 10/01/09 at 09:49 (260983)

hi I had a mri and I went to the doc and he told me there was nothing hecould do for my knee the mri showed a undersurface tear and body and posterior medial meniscus (2) showed slightly worsening cartilage irregularity and subchondral reactive marrow edema of the patellar apex is there anything I can do about this my knee gives out on me and my knee hurts please help thank you e-mail sweetgirl1074 at yahoo.com