Radiology/MRI of knees

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knee pain, the mri said, Extensive abnormal marrow signal
marrow spaces are abnormal

what does this means

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Eliz,

Honestly, I am not sure what to make of it.  If the marrow is really abnormal then one needs to correlate with blood work to see what blood cells are present and how many etc... and perhaps do a bone scan.  However, if this is an overcall on a radiologist's part such as they are looking at mixed red and yellow marrow (which can be see in normal people) then one needs to figure it out.  Basically, from this report, I would do several basic work ups as above to see if there is any merrit in the report.  Abnormal may mean a lot of things.  Edema (water) from trauma, it may be due to anemia, or other disorders of blood cell production.
Definitely need more info.

Hope this helps somewhat.

MK

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