Intratendinous tophaceous gout imitating patellar tendonitis in an athletic man

Jeremy M. Gililland, Nicholas P. Webber, Kevin B. Jones, R Randall, Stephen K. Aoki

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Abstract

Patellar tendon-related pain is common in the athletic patient. When it occurs in skeletally mature patients participating in running, jumping, or kicking sports, the diagnosis of jumper's knee patellar tendonitis is usually made. If patellar tendon pain is associated with a mass, the differential diagnosis should be broadened to include crystalline arthropathy. This article presents a case of a highly athletic 45-year-old man with a history of gout, anterior knee pain, and an enlarging mass in the region of the patellar tendon. Conservative management failed, and an excisional biopsy found it to be an intra-tendinous gouty tophus. To our knowledge, only 1 report exists documenting a patellar tendon mass secondary to gout, and no case report exists documenting this problem in an athlete. The interplay between athletics and gout has not been well described. Despite the long-term protective nature of fitness, transient elevations in uric acid associated with athletic endeavors may contribute acutely to manifestations of gout in some athletes. Resultant intra- or extra-articular pathology may present as, and easily be mistaken for, a sports-related injury. Without appropriate medical management, tophaceous deposition may continue to occur and treatment of the resultant mass may require surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOrthopedics
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Tendinopathy
Gout
Patellar Ligament
Sports
Pain
Athletes
Knee
Joints
Athletic Injuries
Uric Acid
Running
Differential Diagnosis
Pathology
Biopsy

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Intratendinous tophaceous gout imitating patellar tendonitis in an athletic man. / Gililland, Jeremy M.; Webber, Nicholas P.; Jones, Kevin B.; Randall, R; Aoki, Stephen K.

In: Orthopedics, Vol. 34, No. 3, 01.03.2011.

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Gililland, Jeremy M. ; Webber, Nicholas P. ; Jones, Kevin B. ; Randall, R ; Aoki, Stephen K. / Intratendinous tophaceous gout imitating patellar tendonitis in an athletic man. In: Orthopedics. 2011 ; Vol. 34, No. 3.
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