Symptomatic Calcification within the Lateral Collateral Ligament of Knee: A Case Report on Rare Abnormality

Vol. 9 | Issue 2 | August-September 2021 | Page: 12-14 | Sukesh A N, George Jacob, Jacob Varughese

DOI:10.13107/jkoa.2021.v09i02.039


Authors: Sukesh A N [1], George Jacob [2], Jacob Varughese [1]

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India.
[2] Department of Orthopaedics, Osaka University, Japan.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Sukesh A N,
Department of orthopaedics, VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India.
E-mail: Sukesh_an@yahoo.com


Abstract


Introduction: Lateral collateral ligament calcification is a rare cause of knee pain. There are only a handful of case reports, and the findings are usually incidental and asymptomatic. The exact mechanism for calcific deposit remains unclear. We present a case of symptomatic calcification within the lateral collateral ligament treated by surgical enucleation.
Case presentation: A 52-year-old active woman presented with complaints of pain over the lateral aspect of the left knee of 6 months’ duration. Her pain was severe, aggravated on descending stairs but relieved on rest. Clinical examination revealed tenderness over the lateral aspect of the knee joint. Standard standing anterior-posterior radiograph of the left knee revealed a homogenous dense opacity adjacent to the lateral femoral condyle.
Conclusion: Calcification within the lateral collateral ligament is rare and treatment is determined by whether the patient is symptomatic or not. If symptoms of the patient cannot be alleviated with a conservative approach, we recommend a surgical enucleation of the calcification, which in our case had good results.
Keywords: Calcification, Knee pain, Lateral collateral ligament


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How to Cite this article: Sukesh A N, Jacob G, Varughese J |  Symptomatic Calcification within the Lateral Collateral Ligament of Knee: A Case Report on Rare Abnormality | Journal of Karnataka Orthopaedic Association | August-September 2021; 9(2): 12-14.

 


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