The evaluation of surgical treatment results of medial plica syndrome
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Department of Pediatric Orthopedic and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Department of Statistics and Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, Poland
Submission date: 2018-11-07
Final revision date: 2018-11-22
Acceptance date: 2018-11-22
Online publication date: 2020-03-20
Publication date: 2020-03-20
Corresponding author
Paweł Grabala   

Department of Pediatric Orthopedic and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Bialystok, Waszyngtona 17, 15-274 Białystok, Poland. Tel.: +48 85 745 08 95.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2020;27(1):27-33
The medial plica of the knee is a thin inward fold of synovium which is quite often found during arthroscopic surgery, especially in adolescents. Its exact presence is a subject of wide discussion, and incidence reports ranging from 21% to even 95%.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term results of arthroscopic resection of medial plica in adolescents and find the main symptoms in plica syndrome of a successful arthroscopic plica resection.

Material and methods:
Patients with hypertrophic medial plica were divided into 2 main groups, A and B. Group A (n = 26) suffered from pain associated with popping and clicking, catching, pseudo-locking and snapping. Group B (n = 23) suffered from pain only. Functional outcome indices (orthopaedic Tegner, Lysholm, and IKDC scores) were evaluated during this study.

Results and discussion:
Considerably better postoperative results were obtained for the patients of group A (Tegner score 8, Lysholm score 90, IKDC 90) vs. patients of group B (Tegner score 6, Lysholm score 68, IKDC score 68).

Only anteromedial knee pain with popping, clicking, catching, pseudo-locking and snapping should be interpreted as a medial plica syndrome that will benefit from arthroscopic resection.

Linguistic help of Mr. Mark A. Nicholson, ASO is greatly appreciated.
This work was financed by own funds of all authors.
All of the authors declare no conflict of interest.
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