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Offline icenfire30

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i need help understanding my mri results NEW
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:40:50 PM »
I just had knee surgery on the 12 of last month and I ended up falling 4 days after it I had a large bucket handle tear in my right knee lateral meniscusthat was repaired They ended up doing another MRI to comferm what had happen inside the knee and this is what I got from MRI::::::    REASON FOR EXAM: injury to rt knee after lateral meniscus repair


       A moderate effusion is largely new since the 5/14/14 right knee
       MRI. The femoral trochlear notch is shallow, and the patella is
       subluxed laterally, as on the prior study. Tiny spurs at some of
       the joint margins, most notably laterally, and mild medial
       compartment joint space narrowing are present. A fairly small
       amount of fluid just posteromedial to the fibular head is
       probably in a tendon sheath, and is largely new since 5/14/14.

       The anterior and posterior cruciate and medial and lateral
       collateral ligaments and the quadriceps and patellar tendons are
       intact. The bones are normal in contour and signal. The prior
       MRI showed a diffuse tear and degeneration of the lateral
       meniscus. No significant change in the appearance of this
       meniscus is seen. It is difficult to distinguish postoperative
       changes from tears. The medial meniscus is unremarkable.

       1. Moderate effusion.
       2. Mild degenerative changes.
       3. Lateral patellar subluxation, unchanged.
       4. Abnormal lateral meniscus as discussed above.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2014, 10:36:50 PM by icenfire30, Reason: mis spelling »

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Re: i need help understanding my mri results NEW
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 03:48:49 AM »
 Sorry to hear that you reinjured your knee. The effusion means you have fluid and swelling in there.   They could not tell from the most recent MRI if you perhaps had a re-tear.   Most of the time after meniscus surgery, if you are having symptoms, it helps to have the MRI with the contrast dye.  That along with your symptoms they can get a better picture of what is going on in your knee. 
If you did have the MRI with the contrast dye,  if the symptoms don't subside, than you may be in for more surgery.   Hopefully this is not the case.  Sounds like the tear was pretty bad to begin with. 
Keep icing, elevating, try to do some low key physical therapy to get the swelling out of there.  Keep in contact with you OS.   Hope this helps.    LAS