A few questions

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  1. rooster

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    1. how do define 'normal variant'?
    2. how do you define 'anomaly'?
    3. do you think the two are interchangable terms? why?
    4. what term would you apply to a fabella? why?

    All replies welcomed to help settle a difference of opinion on this. Thanks
     
  2. doepug

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    1. Normal variant = atypical finding that is normally seen in some percentage of the population. Generally has no clinical significance, and is considered within the spectrum of normal findings.

    2. Anomaly = abnormality, without reference to whether a finding has clinical relevance.

    3. I don't use anomaly in my reports -- feel it is too vague.

    4. Fabella = normal variant. Lots of people have one, and it has little to no clinical bearing. These are not routinely reported at my institution, given how normal they are.
     
  3. f_w

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    > 1. how do define 'normal variant'?

    Anything I can find in Keats.

    (something worth reporting so some surgeon looking at the images won't operate on it)

    > 2. how do you define 'anomaly'?

    Why would I use that word in a report. There are findings and then there are normal variants, I don't think there is anything in between.

    > 3. do you think the two are interchangable terms? why?

    No.

    > 4. what term would you apply to a fabella? why?

    Normal variant. I might be wrong, but I don't think they have any clinical significance.
     

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