Prominent tibial tubercle – Osgood-Schlatter disease sequela

Case contributed by Dr Samir Benoudina


Chronic pain and swelling, at the anterior knee and infrapatellar region, increased during and after sport. No previous direct trauma. Previously very active (soccer player).

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male
  • bony (tibial tubercle) prominence consistent with Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • soft tissue swelling over the tibial tuberosity
  • note the little ossicle behind the patellar tendon

Case Discussion

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a traction apophysitis occurring at the tibial tuberosity because of the pull of the quadriceps muscle group via the patella tendon. It is often seen during rapid growth and is more common in active teenagers. It is the most common cause of knee pain in adolescents. Despite its frequency, sequelae are rarely observed.

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