How is suprapatellar plica surgically treated?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Tracy Lee Bigelow, DO; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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At times, even a suprapatellar plica may lead to symptoms. Strover et al reported on an arthroscopic technique demonstrating the pathomechanics of such suprapatellar plicae. [38] They recommended that the arthroscope should be inserted through a lateral suprapatellar portal. Proximal visualization is then optimized.

In those patients whose suprapatellar plica is symptomatic, progressive flexion of the knee results in the plical tissue becoming taut. It also makes contact with the medial femoral condyle and even becomes entrapped between the quadriceps tendon and the medial femoral condyle. [38]


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