Multiple lucent/lytic bone lesions (mnemonic)

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 1 Feb 2021

A mnemonic for remembering multiple lucent/lytic bones lesions is:


The list of lucent/lytic bone lesions is huge. However, where there are multiple lesions, the potential list of differentials is considerably shorter and FFEMHI, while not exhaustive, is a good place to start.



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