prepatellar bursitis


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Related to prepatellar bursitis: Infrapatellar bursitis

house·maid's knee

an adventitious occupational bursitis occurring over the area of contact when kneeling; not to be confused with infrapatellar bursitis.

prepatellar bursitis

Etymology: L, prae, before, patella + Gk, byrsa, wineskin, itis, inflammation
an inflammation of the bursa in front of the patella and beneath the skin over the site.
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PREPATELLAR BURSITIS

prepatellar bursitis

An inflammation of the bursa anterior to the patella, with accumulation of fluid. It may be seen in those who have to kneel frequently or continually while working. Synonym: carpetlayer's knee; housemaid's knee; roofer's knee See: illustration
See also: bursitis
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A 73-year-old retired male office worker, with a 2-year history of chronic prepatellar bursitis of his left knee, presented to our institution with the inability to ambulate and pain in the left knee.
Kerr and Carpenter first described arthroscopic excision of the prepatellar bursa, in 1990, in which they reported on three cases of prepatellar bursitis that had failed nonoperative treatment.
Also known as housemaid's knee, prepatellar bursitis is usually caused by repeated microtrauma associated with kneeling, but it can in rare circumstances be caused by an infection.