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Subacute knee pain and swelling in a healthy male: a case of Brodie’s abscess
  1. Mitesh K Patel1,
  2. Steven Barrientos2,
  3. Sunny Gupta3 and
  4. Bradford Tucker3
  1. 1 Sports Medicine, Rothman Institute Orthopaedics, Marlton, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2 Family Medicine, Rowan University Cooper Medical School, Startford, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3 Sports Medicine, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mitesh K Patel,{at}


Osteomyelitis is an inflammatory process of the bone caused by an infection. The key to successful management is early recognition and treatment, as complications can arise if interventions are not done in a timely manner. Subacute or chronic osteomyelitis is associated with avascular necrosis of bone requiring surgical debridement and antibiotic therapy. Here, we describe a case illustrating an uncharacteristic presentation of knee pain ending with multiple surgical debridements in a healthy male.

  • orthopaedics
  • bone and joint infections

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  • Contributors MKP contributed to the collection of all patient information because he initially treated the patient. He also contributed to writing the case report, especially providing all of medical details. BT contributed to the case because he was the surgeon who operated on the patient. He was also involved in editing and writing the case report. SG and SB were involved in writing the case report as well as contributing to the discussion. They also were responsible for reviewing all of the previous data (imaging results, lab studies, etc) to ensure accuracy.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.