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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-69

Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of patients with anterior knee pain: A prospective observational study

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Rahul Patel
Department of Orthopedics, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jbjd.jbjd_10_22

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Anterior knee pain (AKP) is one of the most common clinical conditions related to knee pathology among the athletes and young adults. The identification of pain provoking factor is crucial for the better outcome of the treatment. Many patients with AKP have disabling pain and significant disability, but the physical signs and radiological findings are unremarkable. Its aetiology is still not fully understood, but there are some major factors that can be attributed to its aetiology. Accurate diagnosis of the condition is needed before any decision regarding its management is undertaken. Diagnosis is usually suspected clinically and is confirmed by imaging. Although, radiography, ultrasonography, computed tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the available modalities for the evaluation of AKP, MRI is considered the gold standard for pain imaging and can provide important information regarding individually tailored treatment. The present study is a prospective descriptive compilation of the role of available imaging modalities, particularly MRI in the evaluation of different pathological conditions related to AKP. The present study demonstrated that patellofemoral instability was a major cause for origin of AKP.

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