NEW ORLEANS — Bone marrow edema volume of greater than 10 cm3 may be predictive of osteochondral allograft failure, according to results presented at the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting.
Guilherme Mathias Palhares MD, and co-workers retrospectively analyzed 56 patients undergoing osteochondral graft transplantation. They wanted to know if diffuse edema of the bone marrow on 6-month MRI correlated failure.
Palhares described failure in his presentation as a bad clinical outcome. This includes graft collapsing, primary osteochondral transplant removal, or