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Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003 Feb;42(2):380-2.

Anterior knee pain: a long-term follow-up.

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Department of Community Paediatrics, Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent, UK. eleni.stathopulu@medway-tr.sthames.nhs.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the long-term outcome of anterior knee pain diagnosed in childhood.

METHOD:

Forty-eight patients diagnosed with anterior knee pain in childhood were contacted by postal questionnaire 4-18 yr after initial presentation.

RESULTS:

The 22 respondents comprised 16 women and six men, with mean age at follow-up of 22 yr. Twenty of 22 (91%) still had knee pains, eight daily, two weekly and 10 occasionally. In 10 (45%) the pain affected their daily life and in eight (36%) it restricted their physical activities. Twelve (54%) used painkillers. Ten (45%) had developed other diagnoses: four had psoriasis and six arthritis, of whom one had ankylosing spondylitis. Fifteen (68%) had symptoms in other joints at follow-up.

CONCLUSION:

These results suggest that anterior knee pain that occurs in childhood may not be so benign a condition as thought.

PMID:
12595641
DOI:
10.1093/rheumatology/keg093
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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