Snapping popliteus tendon within an osteochondritis dissecans lesion: an unusual case of lateral knee pain

Dave R. Shukla, Bruce A. Levy, Scott A. Kuzma, Michael J. Stuart

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Abstract

The popliteus muscle is an important structure in the posterior knee, coursing from the distal lateral femoral condyle to the posterior tibia, and it initiates knee flexion, protects the lateral meniscus, and resists tibial external rotation. Abnormalities in the lateral femoral condyle may result in impaired tracking of the popliteus tendon over the lateral femoral condyle, causing pain and a snapping sensation. We report a case of a snapping popliteus tendon caused by an osteochondral defect of the lateral femoral condyle. We obtained a thorough medical history, performed a detailed physical examination, and performed diagnostic ultrasonography to accurately diagnose the condition. The patient underwent open popliteus tenotomy and tibial tenodesis with excellent results and full return to activity. Any abnormality of the lateral femoral condyle may predispose patients to snapping popliteus tendon and we believe early diagnosis utilizing ultrasonography imaging and surgical intervention may benefit these patients significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E210-E213
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Volume43
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Osteochondritis Dissecans
Thigh
Tendons
Knee
Bone and Bones
Pain
Ultrasonography
Tenodesis
Tenotomy
Tibial Meniscus
Tibia
Physical Examination
Early Diagnosis
Muscles

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Snapping popliteus tendon within an osteochondritis dissecans lesion : an unusual case of lateral knee pain. / Shukla, Dave R.; Levy, Bruce A.; Kuzma, Scott A.; Stuart, Michael J.

In: American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.), Vol. 43, No. 9, 01.09.2014, p. E210-E213.

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