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Gulhane Med J. 2013; 55(2): 89-93

The relationship between chondromalacia patella, Q angle and patella type in young male adults with anterior knee pain

Zafer Atbaşı (*), Adem Parlak (**), Aykut Aytekin (***), Erden Kılıç (****).

In this study we aimed to define the frequency of disorders that present with anterior knee pain among young male individuals. Study included 121 patients with no history of knee trauma or surgery whom were presented to Orthopedics department with anterior knee pain. All patients were examined and Q angle of each was measured. Anteroposterior, lateral and tangential knee radiography was obtained to define patellar alignment and patella types. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with PD fat-suppression T2 sequence was used to evaluate cartilage and soft tissues. As for the patella types, right knees were Baumgartle type 2 in 66.11 % (n=80) of the patients, while left knees were Baumgartle type 2 in 63.63 % (n=77) of the patients. MRI showed chondromalacia patella in 5 patients (0.04 %), meniscal tear in 4 patients (0.03 %), Quadriceps fat sign in 4 patients (0.03 %), medial plica in 3 patients (0.02 %) and Osgood-Schlatter disease 1 patient (

Key words: Anterior knee pain, Magnetic resonance, Patella type, Q angle

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