Distinguishing bone marrow edema syndrome from osteonecrosis

Marc W. Hungerford, Kyung Hoi Koo

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The histology of bone marrow edema syndrome (BMES) is similar to that of early stage osteonecrosis (ON) [ 1 ]. This similarity results in a diagnostic confusion between these two diseases. However, their natural courses are quite different from each other. While ON is frequently progressive, BMES usually recovers completely without any medical or surgical intervention. Thus, it is practically important to differentiate these two diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOsteonecrosis
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783642357671
ISBN (Print)9783642357664
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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