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Reading MRI report
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:08:49 PM »
Hi all,

Iím new to this forum and I have the most basic question! I had an MRI of both my knees about a month ago and a couple of weeks back I received a copy of the report from my GP. I sent this along with a referral letter to a consultant orthopedic surgeon. On top of the report, it says ĎMRI knee RTí so I assumed this was just for my right knee but the letter the consultant sent back to me referred to my left knee! This may be a ridiculous question but does ĎRTí mean right or was I wrong about that?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 01:50:20 PM »
Yes, RT usually means right. If unsure, contact the surgeonís secretary to check. Probably just a typo or error in the dictation (Iíve had this on occasion too in letters). Whenís the follow up appointment when you can presumably discuss the findings for each knee? Did the report give any notable findings?
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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2018, 07:05:47 PM »
Hi Vickster, thanks so much for your reply. Iím seeing the consultant orthopedic surgeon on 29th January for the first time. My appointment was originally for the 15th March but it was brought forward. I have been given a provisional date for keyhole surgery on the 14th February. The right knee MRI found patellar apical chondromalacia with subcortical bone marrow oedema and a peripheral tear of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus. The left knee MRI found patellofemoral chondromalacia with subcortical bone marrow oedema and intrapatellar fat pad impingement. Phew! Thatís a mouthful!!

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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2018, 07:15:18 PM »
So presumably the surgery is to fix the meniscus tear? Not much else there could be fixed by surgery usually, but specialist physio can help with pain an so function related to patellofemoral syndrome

Is the meniscus tear blocking the range of motion in the knee?

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« Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 07:22:00 PM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2018, 07:22:07 PM »
Yes Iím guessing thatís the case. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2018, 07:34:52 PM »
Sorry Vickster. I wasnít able to see your full reply initially for some reason. The meniscus tear is blocking the range of motion. I have great difficulty with stairs and a lot of swelling and pain. I also have quite loud clicking and crunching sounds in the knee. Not very pleasant.

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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2018, 07:39:57 PM »
Sounds a bit like mine which is having its third keyhole in the 2nd week of Jan (last was 8 years ago) and is now arthrtic with very degenerate meniscii

How old are you? Did you have a trauma to the knee?
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Re: Reading MRI report
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2018, 07:53:43 PM »
Poor you! You have certainly been through a lot. Iím 39 and there was no trauma. I did have Stillís Disease as a child (juvenile idiopathic arthritis) but that resolved itself by the time I was in my teens. My surgeon said that there was no evidence of arthritis in my knee so Iím not sure if my past history is a factor at all.

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