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Review for the generalist: evaluation of anterior knee pain

Kristin M Houghton

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Division of Rheumatology, British Columbia's Children's Hospital, K4-119 Ambulatory CareBuilding, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada V6H 3V4 and Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, University of British Columbia, 3055 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver British Columbia, V6T 1Z3, Canada

Pediatric Rheumatology 2007, 5:8  doi:10.1186/1546-0096-5-8

Published: 4 May 2007


Anterior knee pain is common in children and adolescents. Evaluation and management is challenging and requires a thorough history and physical exam, and understanding of the pediatric skeleton. This article will review common causes of chronic anterior knee pain in the pediatric population with a focus on patellofemoral pain.