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Absence of Posttraumatic Bone Marrow Edema in the Setting of Preeclampsia

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Magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful tool in the diagnosis of missed or occult fractures on radiographic and computed tomographic (CT) imaging, through the detection of bone marrow edema. Although radiologists often rely on bone marrow edema as a guide for diagnosing subtle underlying fractures, it is important to recognize its limitations as a diagnostic metric. We present a rare case demonstrating the absence of bone marrow edema after acute trauma and confirmed Lisfranc fracture in a patient with preeclampsia and propose an interesting physiologic mechanism to explain this manifestation.

Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA.

Corresponding author: Tina Shiang, MD, Department of Radiology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 55 North Lake Ave, S2-302, Worcester, MA 01655 (E-mail: tina.shiang@umassmemorial.org)