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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: jo1434 on August 18, 2005, 10:19:43 PM

Title: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: jo1434 on August 18, 2005, 10:19:43 PM
Hi
Having trouble understanding my daughters MRI results.
"There is a small amount of linear high signal within the median ridge of the retropatella cartilage which could represent a small chondral fissure.
There is a small joint effusion with fluid seen in the lateral aspect of the suprapatellar pouch. There is also however a localised area of high signal just anterior to the anterior horn of the meniscus extending into Hoffa's fat pad?
Can anyone help us out? I s this anything to worry about?
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: USMom on August 18, 2005, 11:03:28 PM
Have you spoken to the doctor about these results?  I know that you want an answer right now, but he/she is the best one to interpret this for you.  I can't tell you what any of this means, I'm sorry.  But if there was nothing wrong, they would have said that nothing of note was found.  So, there is something going on here.
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: msatc03 on August 23, 2005, 04:38:48 PM

"There is a small amount of linear high signal within the median ridge of the retropatella cartilage which could represent a small chondral fissure.
There is a small joint effusion with fluid seen in the lateral aspect of the suprapatellar pouch. There is also however a localised area of high signal just anterior to the anterior horn of the meniscus extending into Hoffa's fat pad?



Just from the results you wrote, she has an area of softening of the articular cartilage on the back of her kneecap, a small amount of swelling within the knee joint, and either an inflammation or a small tear of the front part of the meniscus. That is the literal translation of the results. The best advice is to discuss the results with your OS to determine if the MRI correlates with his clinical exam, and the course of action. Just curious, how did she injure her knee?
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: jo1434 on September 01, 2005, 06:02:41 AM
Hi Thanks for your response. She cant remember one particular time hurting it but plays a fair amont of netball and basketall?? We went back to the reumetologist who is going to follow it up with an OS, Hopefully we'll then get some answers. Frustrating in the meantime as it still swells and aches quite often.
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: Linds on September 01, 2005, 03:53:44 PM
I agree it's best to follow it up with the OS... in the mean time, lot's of rest, Ice, compression and elevation to try and keep that knee comfy for her. ;)
Goodluck
Linds
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: jo1434 on September 15, 2005, 11:01:49 PM
Thanks for your replies.
She has today however woken up with a very slightly swollen and warm right ankle (the above relates to her left knee) and both legs are aching - don't know wether it warrants a Dr's visit or not? The reumetologist has referred  her to a paediatric dr who we can not get into untill November?
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: blackbeltgirl on September 16, 2005, 02:54:11 AM
Where are you located?  Does your daughter have any underlying conditions?  It;s somewhat unusual to start with a rheumatologist vs. an OS.  And since you mentioned ankles today, and knees as well, I'm wondering if she has juvenile RA?

As to the long wait time for the specialist - if you are able to be very fleixble, let the doctors office know that you are intersted in cancellations.  You may only get a couple of hours notice, but there are always cancellations and you may be able to get your daughter in much sooner.
Title: Re: Don't understand? 11yr old daughters knee pain. Can anyone help?
Post by: jo1434 on October 03, 2005, 09:58:16 PM
Hi
The surgery is over 5 hours away (we live in Coff Harbour and the surgery is in Sydney), and being a single full time working mum makes it a little harder so i have no alternative but to wait unfortunately. The ankle went down and didn't seem to give too much trouble - not like the knees. Thanks for your responses. Will keep you posted.