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Special Feature
February 1999

Pathological Case of the Month

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999;153(2):203-204. doi:

A 12-YEAR-OLD male child had a history of swelling in the left knee joint since age 4 years. There was no pain or other constitutional symptoms. On physical examination the swelling was soft and boggy. There was no tenderness and the movements were not painful or restricted. Results of routine blood investigations were within normal limits. Aspiration of the knee joint did not reveal any fluid. X-ray films revealed synovial thickening. Arthrotomy with subtotal synovectomy resulted in exuberant grapelike, soft, fleshy synovium (Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3). About 100 g of tissue was received for pathologic examination.