Mucoid degeneration is a deterioration of tendons or ligaments, where parts of the normal fibrous connective tissue breaks down into a jelly-like material.

 

Diagnosis

The problem may cause local pain and an ultrasound scan or MRI scan may suggest the diagnosis, but usually it is confirmed with surgery when the tendon is opened and the mucoid (or thicker myxoid) material scraped out.

Synonyms: 
myxoid degeneration
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Pain syndromes related to the patella

A syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms that tend to occur together.

Patellar tendinitis

Part of a series by Mr (Dr) Charles Willis-Owen on lower limb overuse injuries.

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Pathogenesis of tendinopathies: inflammation or degeneration? Abate M, Gravare-Silbernagel K, Siljeholm C, Di Iorio A, De Amicis D, Salini V, Werner S and Paganelli R. Arthritis Res Ther. 2009; 11(3): 235.


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