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An unusual case of foreign body knee that spontaneously migrated inside and out of the joint: arthroscopic removal.
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PMID:  16967198     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cause of acute knee pain and locking episodes in a young sports person can be due to foreign bodies which penetrated unnoticed into the joint cavity. Here we report an unusual injury of this kind where a glass foreign body remained in the subcutaneous tissue for many years and then migrated late into the knee joint cavity. Complaints occurred for the first time in adult age. Arthroscopy revealed a circular defect in the posterior capsule beyond which a 1.6 cm glass foreign body was lying in an extra capsular location. The late and episodic migration of the glass piece into the joint from its extracapsular location produced symptoms of acute pain and locking. There is no reported case of such spontaneous and episodic migration of a glass foreign body inside and out of the knee joint resulting in acute episodes of pain and locking during sporting activity mimicking a torn meniscus or a chondral lesion. This report highlights the importance of accurate history taking, thorough physical examination, besides describing this unusual extra capsular location of the glass foreign body during arthroscopic surgery.
Ashish Devgan; K C Mudgal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2006-09-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0942-2056     ISO Abbreviation:  Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-13     Completed Date:  2007-09-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9314730     Medline TA:  Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  758-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India.
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MeSH Terms
Arthralgia / etiology,  surgery
Diagnosis, Differential
Foreign-Body Migration / diagnosis*,  surgery*
Knee Joint / surgery*

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