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- Most frequent cause of knee pain in children aged 10–15 yr
- Pain and edema of the tibial tuberosity:
- Tenderness at insertion site for patellar tendon just below the knee joint
- Extra-articular disease:
- Pain is worse with activity and improves with rest
- Caused by repetitive stress and is common in children participating in sports
- Benign, self-limited knee condition
- Etiology is controversial
- Leading theory: Microfractures caused by traction on the apophysis
- Pain occurs during activities that stress the patellar tendon insertion onto tibial tubercle.
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