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Suprapatellar Joint Effusion
My fiance has been diagnosed with moderate-sized suprapatellar joint effusion for over 4 months now and it won't go away, what could be the cause?
Usually trauma: Sometimes a person who has repetitive trauma to the knee will get pre-patellar bursitis. This is a painless, usually fluid filled swelling over the lower kneecap. People who get this include floor installers, plumbers, gardeners, and others who kneel down for a living. This condition is relieved by aspiration, removing fluid with a needle, and wearing knee pads to prevent abrasion of the knee. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
The definitions: Supra=means above, so suprapatellar means above the patella. Synovitis=inflammation of the synovium, the tissue lining of the joint capsule (the fibrous, tough tissue surrounding your joint--see picture). So, you have sme fluid/swelling above the patella and inflammation along the edges of your joint. These terms =big bucks? :-)) hope that makes sense. Good luck. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Small suprapatellar joint effusion
mild right lateral joint space narrowing and spurring of the articular surfaces?
Osteoarthritis: It sounds like you are reading the x-ray report of someone with knee osteoarthritis. Joint space narrowing = cartilage loss. Spurring = bone spurs. Suprapatellar joint effusion = typical small amount of extra joint fluid seen in osteoarthritis. Sounds like a mild to moderate case. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
My male friends X-ray report:
very early oa change, fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion.
What does this mean?
Arthritis: Early oa change, suggests narrowing of the joint space, and signs of early arthritis. Effusion is the medical term for fluid. Not unusual to have some fluid anytime there is inflammation. But remember, inflammation can be from many different things. Arthritis, gout , infection (many more ). Up to the doctor, to evaluate the knee and determine why there is fluid. Best wishes. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Male friends xray very early oa change fullness of suprapatellar space consisten with small joint effusion? Plays soccer w:76kg h: 174cm mostly muscel
Somewhat vague: You do not mention an injury occurring, but knee injuries are frequently encountered in soccer. The early oa changes likely indicate that there is some evidence of cartilage loss on the xray. This is not uncommon. The joint effusion may indicate that there is some internal derangement in the knee (e.g., a ligamentous injury). If he had injury and has pain, consider sports med consult and mri. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Probably nothing: Small joint effusions can be caused by many, many things, most require no testing or intervention. If the joint hurts, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as advil can be helpful as can ice massage. Mostly rest and time. Imaging is not usually required for a non-traumatic, small effusion. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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