This question was answered on Fri 14, May 2010 10:04pm by Dr Bhupinder K, MD

?what is a Large Subchondral Cyst involving greater tuberosity of the humerus?

    
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?what is a Large Subchondral Cyst involving greater tuberosity of the humerus?

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Answer by Dr Bhupinder K, MD  on Fri 14, May 2010 10:04pm:

Hi, Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out. Subchondral cyst formation asically takes place in patients of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis also involves a continuous loss of cartilage. The cartilage is the protective layer of tissue present at the ends of the bones. The cartilage tries to repair itself, the bone remodels, underlying (subchondral) bone hardens, and bone cyst form. Initially, there?s the formation of osteophytes or joint space narrowing. The joint space keeps on getting narrowed with the passage of time. The appearance of subchondral cysts (cysts in the bone underneath the cartilage) indicates the erosive phase of disease progression in osteoarthritis. After this phase is over, most of the patients actually required joint replacement as the best remedy for the symptoms reach to an extent that the patient finds a great difficulty in walking. I sincerely hope this helps. Take care.
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