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Prepatellar Bursitis M70.40 726.65


synonyms:Prepatellar Bursitis, housemaid's knee

Prepatellar Bursitis ICD-10

Prepatellar Bursitis ICD-9

  • 726.65 (Prepatellar bursitis)

Prepatellar Bursitis Etiology / Epidemiology / Natural History

  • Commonly found in people who are constantly working on their knees; constuction workers, carpet layers, plumbers, electricians, gardeners
  • May occur from trauma to the knee
  • Associated with: football, wrestling, basketball

Prepatellar Bursitis Anatomy

  • Prepatellar bursa lies between the skin and the patella.

Prepatellar Bursitis Clinical Evaluation

  • Subcutaneous swelling anterior to the patella.
  • Aspiration indicated if Pyogenic bursitis is suspected.

Prepatellar Bursitis Xray / Diagnositc Tests

Prepatellar Bursitis Classification / Treatment

  • Ice, NSAIDs, compression, activity modifications, consider aspiration.
  • Chronic bursitis: bursectomy (open or arthroscopic).
  • Pyogenic: order CBC, ESR, CRP, I&D, IV antibiotics, Infectious Disease consult.
  • Prepatellar Bursitis Patient Information

Prepatellar Bursitis Associated Injuries / Differential Diagnosis

Prepatellar Bursitis Complications

  • infection

Prepatellar Bursitis Follow-up Care

  • Recurrence is not uncommon. 
  • Prevention: knee pads, avoid constant/prolonged pressure on the knees and kneeling.

Prepatellar Bursitis Review References


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