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A 16-year-old female asked:

Osgood schlatter's x-rays say everything is normal - yet i have a visible bump on my knee and it's very painful. why does it not show?

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Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Probably does show: your x-rays likely do show evidence of Osgood-Schlatter's but it's likely projectional and not easy to see. It all depends on the x-ray tech taking the image and person interpreting it. Often, x-rays for this disease can be subtle. Doesn't change the course of management.
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Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
If your bump is visible with the naked eye, it should be seen on the lateral X-ray. The "soft tissue swelling" should be part of the reading, even if bone changes are not seen. If the radiologist did not know that Osgood-Schlatter's was a concern, the diagnosis can be missed. For Osgood-Schlatter's, X-rays are much less important than treatment. All running and jumping must stop.
Mar 5, 2015

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