The LIBRARY => Medical Abbreviations => Topic started by: Amanda82032 on November 02, 2005, 03:23:20 AM

Title: Chondromalacia?
Post by: Amanda82032 on November 02, 2005, 03:23:20 AM
Not exactly an abbreviation but what is it??
Title: Re: Chondromalacia?
Post by: blackbeltgirl on November 02, 2005, 04:19:32 AM
chondromalacia translates to softening of the articular cartilage.  Sometimes a dr. will tell you you have chondromalacia patella, other times just chondromalacia.  Some OS's call it "pre-arthritis".  It is measured on a 4 point scale.  1 means it is soft, but still there, 4 means the cartilage has worn all the way down to the bone.  Some people have these degenerative changes throughout the knee, others have focal lesions.  It's the difference between a pothole, and a road that just needs to be completely repaved.

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