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August 21, 1943


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U. S. N. R.

JAMA. 1943;122(17):1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840340052025

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To the Editor:  The article by Meyerding and Van Demark on "Posterior Hernia of the Knee" in the July 24 issue of The Journal impels me to call attention to the fact that swelling of popliteal bursae may also be associated with such systemic illnesses as chronic brucellosis.In this infection, about which too little is known, I have observed six instances of popliteal bursitis of varying size and accompanied by from little to rather considerable discomfort. In all cases but 1 there was either pronounced improvement or disappearance of the bursal involvement when these patients responded clinically and serologically to Brucella abortus vaccine treatment. Since none were treated surgically it is impossible to say whether any cases represented true hernia of the synovial lining of the knee joint or whether they were all noncommunicating bursae.There is no reference in the literature to popliteal bursitis in brucellosis as far

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