What is the role of imaging studies in the workup 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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Plain radiographs may show soft tissue swelling; however, radiographs are necessary only if other conditions are suggested (eg, fracture and/or dislocation).

CT scanning and MRI are reserved for cases that have been difficult to manage (eg, failure of initial treatment for septic prepatellar bursitis). [7, 8]

Ultrasonography may be a useful technique for evaluating synovial fluid in the knee.


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