Show Summary Details
Page of

Introduction to structural pathology 

Introduction to structural pathology
Chapter:
Introduction to structural pathology
Author(s):

David Knott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0007
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 November 2020

Musculoskeletal conditions are frequently associated with characteristic macroscopic and microscopic changes within the connective tissues, commonly of a degenerative or inflammatory nature. In addition, larger-scale changes in the anatomical structure of body parts, however caused, can lead to altered function and production of symptoms. This chapter considers both aspects of structural pathology with respect to aetiology, recognition, and treatment. Structural abnormalities, both macroscopic and microscopic, do not necessarily result in pain. Likewise, radiological appearances may correlate poorly with clinical symptoms. This chapter therefore stresses the necessary clinical correlation between symptoms, signs, and investigative findings.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.