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MRI report of hip includes cystic ovaries, fluid in labral chondral and superior labrum area. What is connective issue?

The report for my MRI of my hip includes 2 small 12mm cysts in left ovary . also, what is equivocal findings in the superior labrum. This could reflect normal variation with a sublabral recess and there is a small amount of fluid in the labral chondral and superior labrum area. Of note, I have a postive Ana and many indications of a connective tissue disease
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM

The highlights of your MRI hip report is presence of two cysts in left ovary measuring a little more than 1 cm. Cysts are normal structures in a healthy ovary so there is nothing to worry about them. removal of these cysts is required only when they are symptomatic- causing pain, etc.
There are certain findings in the cartilage which is present in the hip joint.
Co-relating these findings with a positive ANA test, there is some kind of joint disease which is causing degenerative changes in the hip joint cartilage.
However, ANA is a non-specific test. It is positive in a number of connective tissue diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, Sjogren syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, systemic sclerosis, CREST syndrome, etc.
Connective tissue disease are autoimmune diseases which primarily affects joints, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, etc and other structures.
Discuss the MRI findings with your doctor and further tests will pin point the diagnosis.
Degenerative changes are suggested by the MRI in the hip joint cartilage.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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