Plica Syndrome of the Knee Current Concept Review

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Nirav K. Pandya


Anterior knee pain is a common complaint in the pediatric and adolescent population.  Multiple etiologies can be responsible for the onset of pain in this demographic.  One etiology of this pain can be a pathologic plica.  Plica are synovial folds within the knee that can become inflamed / fibrotic through both acute and chronic processes.  A focused physical exam with appropriate imaging can lead to this diagnosis, particularly when other pathologies have been ruled out.  Conservative management in the form of rest, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy can help to alleviate the vast majority of cases that present with pain.  In selected cases, arthroscopic resection can lead to good functional results.

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Pandya, N. K. (2021). Plica Syndrome of the Knee: Current Concept Review. Journal of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, 3(3).