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Medicina dello Sport 2021 September;74(3):547-58

DOI: 10.23736/S0025-7826.21.03915-6

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Ultrasound-guided percutaneous treatment of calcific bursitis of the medial collateral ligament of the knee

Angelo IOVANE, Leonardo CESANELLI , Antonio PALMA, Giuseppe MESSINA

Unit of Sport and Exercise Sciences Research, Department of Psychological, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy


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Calcific bursitis of the medial collateral ligament of the knee is an infrequent pathological condition. In 1988, Kerlan and Glousman identified the clinical features of medial collateral ligament bursitis. Pain and knee functions limitation are the clinical symptoms that are most frequently encountered during the reactive inflammatory process in the bursa, that characterizes the reabsorption phases of the calcific material. It is well documented in the literature that the maximum efficacy of ultrasound-guided percutaneous treatment, with significant reduction or disappearance of symptoms, occurs precisely in this phase. The case report presented in this study confirms the validity as a therapeutic option of the ultrasound-guided percutaneous treatment, performed with the single-needle technique, in subjects with calcific bursitis of the medial collateral ligament. In particular, this procedure is minimally invasive, well tolerated by the patient, inexpensive, fast, not burdened by particular complications, as the ultrasound guide allows to avoid contact with adjacent structures.


KEY WORDS: Knee; Calcification, physiologic; Case reports

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