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Difficulty in bending knee. Results got. Meaning?

Last week I was unable to bend my knee and went to the my Dr.'s Office and I just got my results but havent been able to get ahold of my doctor. Can some one tell me what this means?

There is spherical soft tissue ossification medial to the knee consistent with a phlebolith. There is possible suprapatellar effusion without fat fluid levels, no fracture.
Tue, 5 Nov 2013
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Hi,

Phleboliths are calcifications in the vessel wall. It is not an uncommon finding. It does not cause limitation of movement. But suprapatellar effusion does limit your knee from bending due to pain. Effusion in this area means a fluid collection which could be due to swelling in the surrounding muscles or joint lining. Pain reliever can help, but a follow up scan should be done to evaluate the decrease or progression of the effusion. Treating the cause of effusion is thebonly management for this case, it could be due to injury, high uric acid in the blood or other factors that cause focal fluid collection in this area.

Pls follow up for the results of you laboratory, we will be happy to help you.

Dr. Eric
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