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Medicina dello Sport 2017 June;70(2):227-31

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.17.03068-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Calcific tendinitis of iliotibial band

Meric UNAL 1, Aydin BUDEYRI 2, Sabriye ERCAN 3

1 Department of Sports Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey; 2 Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, SANKO University, Gaziantep, Turkey; 3 Department of Sports Medicine, Dr. Ersin Arslan Education and Research Hospital, Gaziantep, Turkey


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Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITBFS) is defined as excessive friction between iliotibial band and lateral femoral epicondyle. It is the most common reason of lateral knee pain, especially in overuse injuries. Calcific tendinitis is defined as deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite crystals. Knee joint is a very rare site for calcific tendinitis. We are presenting a case of calcific tendinitis of distal iliotibial band as an unusual presentation of iliotibial band friction syndrome. Conservative treatment is the first option for calcific tendinitis around knee. Surgical excision is the preferred method for resistant calcific tendinitis cases. It is also the first case of calcific tendinitis of iliotibial band in the literature.


KEY WORDS: Iliotibial band syndrome - Tendinopathy - Knee

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Issue published online: July 18, 2017
Manuscript accepted: June 19, 2017
Manuscript received: January 25, 2017

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Unal M, Budeyri A, Ercan S. Calcific tendinitis of iliotibial band. Med Sport 2017;70:227-31. DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.17.03068-X

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