Fluid on knee

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Fluid on knee

Postby DrRonni » Mon May 26, 2003 5:24 pm

Trauma to knee resulted in pain steadily diminshing, full range of motion almost present, 2 weeks post trauma. Medial and proximal to knee, a pocket of flujid is becoming well demarcated, not by discoloration, but because all swollen tissue around it is getting back to normal. No puncture ever occurred, pocket o ffluid is not infected. Is this probably burst suprapatellar bursa? At what point would it need draining? Should a knee presure bandage be worn? Does letting the body resorb the fluid increase the changces af arthritis at a later date?

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Postby DeLWolcott » Wed Oct 05, 2005 11:30 am

Reabsoprtion would seem to be less traumatic to the knee than drainage. BUT to be certain, testing (manual) can be done to determine reflex response and possible x-rays or scans can be performed to look for unsuspected damage.
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