Paper| Volume 26, ISSUE 4, P225-229, May 1995

Traumatic prepatellar neuralgia

  • J.O. Ikpeme
    Requests for reprints should be addressed to: Mr J. O. Ikpeme FRCS, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 7SX, UK.
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate, UK
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  • C. Gray
    Department of Histopathology, Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate, UK
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      Fourteen patients with painful knees caused by a direct blow to the front of the knee have been studied. The exact diagnosis was often delayed. Apart from pain, all patients had one common feature which they may not have been aware of, namely, marked tenderness localized towards the middle of the outer border of the patella. Surgical treatment in 11 patients, by excision of the subcutaneous tissue in the tender area and the prepatellar bursa, cured all cases. Histology of the excised specimens confirms the existence of a definite clinico-pathological entity.
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