The fabella syndrome is a set of symptoms relating to the fabella, with pain on the outer back part of the knee where the fabella can rub on the femoral condyle (knuckle of the thighbone).


Treatment of fabella syndrome

Treatment of the fabella syndrome is usually conservative and includes anti inflammatories, rest and orthotics. In difficult cases the fabella may be surgically excised.


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The fabella syndrome - a rare cause of posterolateral knee pain: a review of the literature and two case reports. Driessen A, Balke M, Offerhaus C, White WJ, Shafizadeh S, Becher C, Bouillon B and Höher J. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2014; 15: 100.

A case report and literature review on fabella syndrome after high tibial osteotomy Kim T, Chung H, Lee H, Choi Y and Son J-H. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jan; 97(4): e9585.

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