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Structural disorders of the knee 

Structural disorders of the knee
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Structural disorders of the knee
Author(s):

Fazal Ali

and Derek Bickerstaff

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0036
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date: 01 October 2020

Structural disorders of the knee relate to the articular cartilage that lines the surface of the bones, the menisci, and the ligaments that provide the stability to the knee. It is important to ascertain the duration of symptoms, exact details of the precipitating injury, and then, the general course of events including response to any treatment already received. Usually, patients present with a combination of symptoms relating to pain, swelling, locking, and giving way. The diagnostic specificity of each of these symptoms in isolation is poor. However, when used in combination, they can guide the examiner to a differential diagnosis.

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