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Posted on Mon, 5 Oct 2015 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: What does it mean when the Doctor says you have focal subcoritcal bone marrow edema and greater tha expected heterogeneous marrow within the proximal shaft of the humerus
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Can be due to inflammation.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The marrow edema is suggestive of an inflammation in the area. This can happen due to an injury in the area. The heterogenous marrow is a non specific finding. It can be due to an inflammation or due to a tumor. In case it is persistent then bone marrow aspiration will be needed to find out the exact cause.
I hope this answers your query.
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