Which clinical history findings are characteristic of prepatellar bursitis (housemaid's knee)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Obtaining the patient's history is important in ascertaining the diagnosis. Common findings reported by the patient with prepatellar bursitis may include the following:

  • Knee pain

  • Swelling of the knee

  • Redness of the knee

  • Difficulty with ambulation

  • Inability to kneel on the affected side

  • Relief of pain with rest

  • History of repetitive motion

  • History of occupation requiring excessive kneeling

  • History of a fall on the knee or blunt trauma to the knee (with presentation of symptoms up to 10 d after the incident)

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