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Anserine Tendinobursitis Syndrome

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by Kellicker PG

(Goosefoot Bursitis; Pes Anserine Bursitis; Anserine Tendonitis)

 

Definition

Anserine tendinobursitis syndrome is a pain to the inner part of the leg, just below the knee joint. It is at a location where three tendons meet and connect to bone. The muscles include the sartorius, gracilis, and semitendinosus. There are also one or more bursae at this location. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that decreases friction between bones and muscles.
When bursae become inflamed it is called bursitis . When tendons become inflamed it is called tendonitis . For this pain syndrome, the exact cause is unknown, but it may involve injury or inflammation to the tendons or bursae.
Three Tendons Insertion
medial knee muscle insertion
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This may be a treatable condition. Contact your doctor if you think you may have this syndrome.
 

Risk Factors

These factors increase your chance of this injury. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://www.aafp.org

AmericanAcademy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
http://www.aaos.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Association
http://www.coa-aco.org/

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
http://www.canorth.org/

 

References


Alvarez-Nemegyei, Jose MD, Canoso JJ. Evidence-Based Soft Tissue Rheumatology IV: Anserine Bursitis. JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology . 10(4):205-206, August 2004.


Anserine tendinopathy. DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Accessed November 12, 2008.


Calmbach WL, Hutchens M. Evaluating patients presenting with knee pain: part II differential diagnosis. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030901/917.html . Accessed November 12, 2008.


Dixit S, Difiori JP, Burton M, Mines B. Management of patellofemoral pain syndrome. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20070115/194.html . Accessed November 12, 2008.


Goosefoot (Pes Anserine) Bursitis of the Knee. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00335 . Accessed November 12, 2008.


Uson J, Aguado P, Bernad M, et al. Pes anserinus tendino-bursitis: what are we talking about?. Scand J Rheumatol . 2000;29(3):184-6.

 

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