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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Horizontal Tear of the Posterior Horn of the Medial Menistic &Suprapatellar joint Effusion ,Articular Cartilage Loss & 3MM Medial Popliteal Cyst means
Arthritis and tear: The cartilage loss is similar to saying you have degenerative arthritis setting up in your knee. The meniscus is a cartilage cushion present in your knee, there is one present medically and one lateral, and you have a tear in one as well. I would go through your MRI with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more
Knee inflammation: It means your knee is inflamed as this bursa communicates with the knee. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 more
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 (ibuprofen) can be helpful as can ice massage. Mostly rest and time. Imaging is not usually required for a non-traumatic, small effusion. ...Read more
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