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Deep Infrapatellar Bursitis
Donna G. Blankenbaker, MD, FACR; Andrew Sonin, MD, FACR
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Pathology

        • Clinical Issues

          • Diagnostic Checklist

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Synonyms

              • Retropatellar bursitis
            • Definitions

              • Inflamed, fluid-filled bursa located between distal patellar tendon and anterior cortex of proximal tibia

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • MR Findings

                    • Ultrasonographic Findings

                      • Imaging Recommendations

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Natural History & Prognosis

                                • Treatment

                                  DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                  • Consider

                                    Selected References

                                    1. Ivanoski S et al: Sonographic assessment of the anatomy and common pathologies of clinically important bursae. J Ultrason. 19(78):212-21, 2019
                                    2. Draghi F et al: Knee bursitis: a sonographic evaluation. J Ultrasound. 18(3):251-7, 2015
                                    3. Grando H et al: MR imaging of extrasynovial inflammation and impingement about the knee. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 22(4):725-41, 2014
                                    4. Hong E et al: Evaluating anterior knee pain. Med Clin North Am. 98(4):697-717, xi, 2014
                                    5. Steinbach LS et al: Imaging of cysts and bursae about the knee. Radiol Clin North Am. 51(3):433-54, 2013
                                    6. Vanhegan IS et al: The Morel-Lavallée lesion as a rare differential diagnosis for recalcitrant bursitis of the knee: case report and literature review. Case Rep Orthop. 2012:593193, 2012
                                    7. McCarthy EM et al: Infrapatellar bursitis: an occupational legacy. J Clin Rheumatol. 17(1):49-50, 2011
                                    8. Marra MD et al: MRI features of cystic lesions around the knee. Knee. 15(6):423-38, 2008
                                    9. Aydingoz U et al: The deep infrapatellar bursa: prevalence and morphology on routine magnetic resonance imaging of the knee. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 28(4):557-61, 2004
                                    10. LaPrade RF: The anatomy of the deep infrapatellar bursa of the knee. Am J Sports Med. 26(1):129-32, 1998
                                    11. Klein W: Endoscopy of the deep infrapatellar bursa. Arthroscopy. 12(1):127-31, 1996
                                    12. Taylor PW: Inflammation of the deep infrapatellar bursa of the knee. Arthritis Rheum. 32(10):1312-4, 1989
                                    13. Lagier R et al: Bilateral deep infrapatellar bursitis associated with tibial tuberosity enthesopathy in a case of juvenile ankylosing spondylitis. Rheumatol Int. 5(4):187-90, 1985
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                                    KEY FACTS

                                    • Terminology

                                      • Imaging

                                        • Pathology

                                          • Clinical Issues

                                            • Diagnostic Checklist

                                              TERMINOLOGY

                                              • Synonyms

                                                • Retropatellar bursitis
                                              • Definitions

                                                • Inflamed, fluid-filled bursa located between distal patellar tendon and anterior cortex of proximal tibia

                                              IMAGING

                                              • General Features

                                                • Radiographic Findings

                                                  • CT Findings

                                                    • MR Findings

                                                      • Ultrasonographic Findings

                                                        • Imaging Recommendations

                                                          PATHOLOGY

                                                          • General Features

                                                            • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                              CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                              • Presentation

                                                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                  • Treatment

                                                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                    • Consider

                                                                      Selected References

                                                                      1. Ivanoski S et al: Sonographic assessment of the anatomy and common pathologies of clinically important bursae. J Ultrason. 19(78):212-21, 2019
                                                                      2. Draghi F et al: Knee bursitis: a sonographic evaluation. J Ultrasound. 18(3):251-7, 2015
                                                                      3. Grando H et al: MR imaging of extrasynovial inflammation and impingement about the knee. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 22(4):725-41, 2014
                                                                      4. Hong E et al: Evaluating anterior knee pain. Med Clin North Am. 98(4):697-717, xi, 2014
                                                                      5. Steinbach LS et al: Imaging of cysts and bursae about the knee. Radiol Clin North Am. 51(3):433-54, 2013
                                                                      6. Vanhegan IS et al: The Morel-Lavallée lesion as a rare differential diagnosis for recalcitrant bursitis of the knee: case report and literature review. Case Rep Orthop. 2012:593193, 2012
                                                                      7. McCarthy EM et al: Infrapatellar bursitis: an occupational legacy. J Clin Rheumatol. 17(1):49-50, 2011
                                                                      8. Marra MD et al: MRI features of cystic lesions around the knee. Knee. 15(6):423-38, 2008
                                                                      9. Aydingoz U et al: The deep infrapatellar bursa: prevalence and morphology on routine magnetic resonance imaging of the knee. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 28(4):557-61, 2004
                                                                      10. LaPrade RF: The anatomy of the deep infrapatellar bursa of the knee. Am J Sports Med. 26(1):129-32, 1998
                                                                      11. Klein W: Endoscopy of the deep infrapatellar bursa. Arthroscopy. 12(1):127-31, 1996
                                                                      12. Taylor PW: Inflammation of the deep infrapatellar bursa of the knee. Arthritis Rheum. 32(10):1312-4, 1989
                                                                      13. Lagier R et al: Bilateral deep infrapatellar bursitis associated with tibial tuberosity enthesopathy in a case of juvenile ankylosing spondylitis. Rheumatol Int. 5(4):187-90, 1985