Pellegrini-Stieda syndrome mimicking acute septic arthritis

South Med J. 1989 Jan;82(1):90-1. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198901000-00023.


This case illustrates the potential severity of an uncommon and generally benign condition of the knee--the Pellegrini-Stieda syndrome. The regional bone scan clearly showed the etiologic role of the inflamed ligamentous attachment site. Therapy should include joint rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and possibly ice for symptomatic relief.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Arthritis, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Calcinosis / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint* / diagnostic imaging
  • Ligaments, Articular / diagnostic imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Syndrome
  • Tendons / diagnostic imaging