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Patellar subchondral cyst but cartilage is fine??

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Old 10-15-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question Patellar subchondral cyst but cartilage is fine??

Xray of right knee revealed nothing unusual, but pain resembled torn cartilage. MRI revealed "patellar subchondral cyst and edema with no cartilage thinning or fissures". Ortho just told me I had a "pothole" in my kneecap and sent me to physical therapy (which didn't help by the way). Within 6 months my left knee began the same symptoms. I was brushed off by Ortho again, saying it was most likely early osteoarthritis and I just needed to get used to it. I also have lower back, shoulder, and hip pain, but I'm afraid to waste my time going back. I've gone to see another Ortho for a 2nd opinion, but they didn't even do xrays. Steroid injections only cause more pain. How could this be osteoarthritis if cartilage looked just fine? From a little bit of research, I'm wondering if it could be avascular necrosis, or something else. I've had lifelong bone pain, mostly in my legs. In addition, my 11 yr old daughter was recently found to have a lesion in her distal tibia (waiting to see oncology/ortho). I'm wondering if the two issues are related.

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