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April 12, 1985

Breaks and Other Bad Breaks for Breakers

Author Affiliations

University of South Florida Medical Center Tampa

JAMA. 1985;253(14):2047. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350380063021

To the Editor.—  We read with interest the observations made in the Dec 28, 1984, issue of The Journal1-4 about the great variety of injuries that may result from the newest dance technique popularized as "break dancing." We wish to report our experience with another complication—septic prepatellar bursitis, recently observed in a patient referred to our clinic.

Report of a Case.—  A 21-year-old man who works as a nightclub dancer was seen at our clinic with the complaints of pain, swelling, and redness of the left knee of 72 hours' duration. These complaints were first noticed 12 hours after repeatedly hitting the knee while performing a break dance routine. He also had a temperature of 38.8 °C, malaise, and nausea. The patient denied a history of penile discharge, sexual promiscuity, or intravenous drug abuse. At the time of examination he had a temperature of 38.3 °C, no rashes, no