What is the role of radiography in the workup of pes anserine bursitis?

Updated: May 08, 2018
  • Author: P Mark Glencross, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FAAPMR; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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As a rule, radiography of the knee is not indicated for bursitis. However, plain radiographs (standing anteroposterior [AP] and lateral views) can be useful for ruling out a proximal tibial stress fracture, as well as for helping to diagnose concurrent pathology, such as medial compartment arthritis, osteochondroma, or osteochondritis dissecans, which could contribute to tight hamstrings and pes anserine bursal irritation. Arthritis may be observed in older adults. In rare cases, young, athletic patients have an exostosis in the metaphyseal area.


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