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Bone marrow edema

07/10/2007

Question:

My 14 year old daughter, who is a cheerleader,was diagnosed with bone marrow edema in her foot/ankle. I cannot find much information about this condition. Is it treatable with therapy?

Answer:

Bone marrow edema is a sign of overlying cortical bone injury.  This can occur with a fracture (or stress fracture), infection or arthritis.  The treatment for bone marrow edema is to treat the overlying problem, as the edema is a reactive change rather than the problem itself.  I hope this helps.

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Response by:

Charles Webster, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati