Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with prepatellar bursitis (housemaid's knee)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Initiate early orthopedic surgery consultation for severe septic prepatellar bursitis that fails to improve within 36-48 hours and requires incision and drainage. Orthopedic surgery consultation should also be requested in recurrent and/or chronic prepatellar bursitis that does not respond to conservative treatment. 

Initiate infectious disease consultation within 36-48 hours in septic prepatellar bursitis that is unresponsive to treatment.


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