Medial patellar plica syndrome

Case contributed by Henry Knipe


Persistent superomedial knee pain.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Thickened medial patellar synovial plica interposed between the medial patellar facet and medial femoral trochlea. Adjacent multifocal near full-thickness chondral fissuring of the medial patellar facet. Articular cartilage of the patellofemoral compartment is otherwise preserved.

Case Discussion

Medial patellar plica syndrome is an uncommon cause of anterior knee pain. Here, the MRI findings correlate strongly with the clinical presentation. 

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