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Q: medical ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: medical
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: fender3-ga
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Posted: 12 Nov 2003 18:24 PST
Expires: 12 Dec 2003 18:24 PST
Question ID: 275286
my mri came back and it said of my left shoulder the labrum is grossly
unremarkable what does that mean
Subject: Re: medical
Answered By: tehuti-ga on 12 Nov 2003 18:47 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello fender3,

The labrum is "a type of cartilage found in the shoulder joint.... The
labrum is a second kind of cartilage in the shoulder which is
distinctly different from the articular cartilage.  This cartilage is
more fibrous or rigid than the cartilage on the ends of the ball and
socket. Also, this cartilage is also found only around the socket
where it is attached.... The labrum is a thick tissue or type of
cartilage that is attached to the rim of the socket and essentially
forms a bumper which deepens the socket and helps keep the ball in
This information is from a web page on the web site of the Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins, where you can find more
details about the labrum and about injuries that can affect it: 

The term "gross" when used in medicine signifies the overall
appearance of something that has not been magnified.  For example, the
gross anatomy of the heart will deal with the structure of the heart
as you see it with the naked eye, instead of looking at the
microscopic structures of the component tissues. Thus, my electronic
version of Stedman's Medical Dictionary gives the definition for gross
as being: "Coarse or large; large enough to be visible to the naked
eye; macroscopic."

The term "unremarkable" means simply that. It means there is nothing
about which to make a comment, ie there are no obvious visible defects
or disease processes.

So basically, the comment means that there is nothing obviously wrong
with the labrum of your left shoulder.

Search strategy: I was familiar with the meaning of the terms. I
searched on "labrum" in order to find a web site that demonstrates
what this is. I did look at the online version of Stedman at , but this does not include the definition of
"gross", so I used my own copy. The term "unremarkable" is not
included in Stedman, but I am familiar with it from my experience in
medical translation.
fender3-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
i did like the info you gave i just wanted a little more but i am well  pleased

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