What is the prognosis of plica syndrome?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020
  • Author: Tracy Lee Bigelow, DO; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The outcome of surgical treatment for well-selected patients with plica syndrome is very good. [22, 23, 24] A clinical trial conducted by Johnson et al in England demonstrated a success rate higher than 80%. [25] In this same study, nearly 50% of patients in the control group experienced continued symptoms severe enough that they later returned for definitive arthroscopic resection of their plicae.

In a predominantly adult population (average age, 25 years; range, 11-56 years), Kasim and Fulkerson reported 88% moderate-to-substantial improvement at an average of more than 4 years after resection of localized segments of painful retinacula (ie, plicae) about the knee. [26]

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