Calcific prepatellar bursitis

Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti

Presentation

Swelling in front of the patella with constant pain, especially in the sitting position.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

There are multiple calcifications in front of the patella in the prepatellar bursa, correlating to calcific bursitis.

Case Discussion

The prepatellar bursitis (laundress's knee) is the consequence of an inflammation of the prepatellar bursa and is caused by a prolonged kneeling position on hard surfaces.

The inflammation, if chronic, leads to the formation of calcium deposits.

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