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One Year of Knee Pain in a 21-year-old Male Frisbee Player

Zelinger, Perry, MD; Pastorius, Daniel, DO; Stokes, Wayne, MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: April 16, 2019 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001198
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A 21-year-old male ultimate Frisbee player presented with one year of anterolateral right knee pain that was worse with activity. There was a remote history of trauma. Physical exam was unremarkable except for tenderness at the superolateral patella. X-ray revealed a bipartite patella. MRI revealed mild cystic change, sclerosis and bone marrow edema around the synchondrosis of the bipartite patella. Bipartite patella is an uncommon anatomic variant that is often asymptomatic and discovered incidentally; however, it rarely can be a primary cause of knee pain, can be diagnosed with MRI, and is amenable to conservative and surgical interventions. Treatment options are varied and include conservative management, injections, and various surgical approaches.

Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Health

Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Health

Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Health

Corresponding Author: Perry Zelinger, MD, 515 E. 82nd St. Apt 1C, New York, NY 10028,, 516-317-0063

All authors have nothing to disclose

No funding was received for this study.

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