No, not necessarily or not at all. Bone marrow “edema” is a finding on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that could signify several things – 1) true edema or fluid in the bone 2) inflammation in the bone; 3) fatty infiltration of the bone. Many times the ‘edema’ is reversible – that is, it will get better on its own. One study shows that – if you have rheumatoid arthritis – that ‘edema’ precedes destruction of the bone. We don’t fully understand these lesions yet. Our technology (MRI) is ahead of our understanding of the cause and implications of the finding.
knee MRI findings
April 19, 2009 By
Do i have to get surgery if i have Bone Marrow Edema in the knee?