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Arthroscopic Treatment for Lipoma Arborescens of the Knee. A Case Report*
JAMES B. SOLA, M.D.†; RICK W. WRIGHT, M.D.†, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
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Investigation performed at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1998 Jan 01;80(1):99-103
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Lipoma arborescens is a rare intra-articular condition that can result in painless swelling of a joint10,17. It almost always affects the knee, although there have been case reports of involvement of the wrist, hip, and ankle10,12,15,17. The lesion is a benign hyperplastic process that has been defined as a diffuse collection of fat replacing the subsynovial layer and resulting in the formation of villous projections13,16. We report the case of a patient who was managed with an arthroscopic procedure because of lipoma arborescens involving both knees. To our knowledge, this is the first report of arthroscopic treatment of this condition.
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