18F-NaF PET-CT in Symptomatic Fabella Syndrome

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Abstract

Fabella is a sesamoid bone, located within the tendon of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle. It may be associated with posterolateral knee pain because of repetitive friction over the posterolateral femoral condyle. We report a case of a 64-year-old woman presenting with right posterolateral knee pain. 18F-NaF PET-CT demonstrated increased uptake posterior to the right knee joint localizing to a fabella. Standard examination and radiographic imaging excluded other causes for posterolateral knee pain, and the increased activity was considered to be secondary to fabella syndrome. NaF PET-CT can provide useful information in the evaluation of posterolateral knee pain.

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