Brodie knee

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Bro·die knee

chronic hypertrophic synovitis of the knee.
Synonym(s): Brodie disease (1)
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Bro·die knee

(brō'dē nē)
Chronic hypertrophic synovitis of the knee.
Synonym(s): Brodie disease (1) .
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Brodie, Sir Benjamin Collins

Brit. surgeon, 1783–1862.

Brodie abscess

A localized infection of bone, esp. of one of the long bones of the lower extremities. Synonym: bone abscess

Brodie knee

Osteomyelitis of the knee.


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1. The articulations formed by the distal femur, proximal tibia, and the patella. See: illustration
2. Any structure shaped like a semiflexed knee. Synonym: geniculum

Brodie knee

See: Brodie, Sir Benjamin Collins

carpetlayer's knee

Prepatellar bursitis.

game knee

A colloquial term for internal derangement of the knee joint, characterized by pain or instability, locking, and weakness. It is usually the result of a torn internal cartilage, a fracture of the tibial spine, or an injury to the collateral or cruciate ligaments.

First Aid

The knee should be immobilized with a posterior splint.


Arthroscopy and/or magnetic resonance imaging may be necessary for a definitive diagnosis.

housemaid's knee

Prepatellar bursitis.

knee of internal capsule

The curve at the meeting place of the anterior and posterior limbs of the internal capsule of the brain.

jumper's knee

A colloquial term for an overuse syndrome, marked by chronic inflammation and infrapatellar tendonitis, resulting from repetitive jumping or leg extension exercises. The usual treatment is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and phonophoresis.

locked knee

A condition in which the leg cannot be extended. It is usually due to displacement of meniscal cartilage or dislocation of the patella.

posterolateral corner knee

The ligamentous, capsular, and muscular structures that stabilize the knee against varus, external rotation, and anterior/posterior forces. Disruption of these structures can result in posterolateral rotary instability of the knee.

replacement of knee

Orthopedic implantation of a prosthetic knee joint, particularly useful in treating patients with severe disabling arthritis of the knee. See: arthroplasty

roofer's knee

Prepatellar bursitis.

runner's knee

A colloquial term for several overuse conditions resulting from excessive exercise of the lower extremities. These may involve the extensor mechanism and other musculotendinous insertions. Patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee), patellofemoral dysfunction, iliotibial band syndrome, and pes anserinus tendonitis or bursitis have all been called by this term.

valgus knee

A medial alignment of the femur and tibia of less than 180°.
Synonym: bandy leg; bowleg; genu valgum; tibia valga See: valgus

varus knee

A lateral alignment of the femur and tibia of greater than 195°.
Synonym: genu varum See: varus
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Sir Benjamin C., English surgeon, 1783-1862.
Brodie abscess - a chronic abscess of bone surrounded by dense fibrous tissue and sclerotic bone.
Brodie bursa - medial subtendinous bursa of gastrocnemius muscle. - Synonym(s): bursa of semimembranosus muscle
Brodie disease - (1) Synonym(s): Brodie knee; - (2) hysterical spinal neuralgia, simulating Pott disease.
Brodie knee - chronic hypertrophic synovitis of the knee. Synonym(s): Brodie disease (1)
Brodie serocystic disease - usually benign and fast-growing postpubescent breast tumor.
Brodie-Trendelenburg test - test for varicosities in leg veins.
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