What are the signs and symptoms of plica syndrome?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Tracy Lee Bigelow, DO; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The spectrum and diversity of symptoms can make plica syndrome difficult to pinpoint. Often, symptoms resemble or overlap with those of other pathologic conditions. [27, 28]

Reported symptoms include the following:

  • Anterior or anteromedial knee pain
  • Intermittent or episodic pain
  • Clicking
  • High-pitched snapping
  • Occasional giving way
  • Locking (really pseudolocking) and catching
  • Aggravation of symptoms by activity, by stair climbing, or by prolonged standing, squatting, or sitting

Meniscal tears, patellar tendinitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease, and patellar instability are the most commonly found concomitant conditions.


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