Extraarticular Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis: a Cause for Failed Knee Arthroscopy

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Medical Paper

Scientific Paper

Chin KR1Brick GW.

Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, also published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, here.


Arthroscopic treatment of diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee is reported to have low recurrence rates and morbidity. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate demographic information, clinical symptoms, treatment parameters, and functional outcome in a group of 38 consecutive patients referred to the authors’ hospital with persistent extraarticular diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee after arthroscopic synovectomy. There were 23 males and 15 females with an average age of 31.7 years (range, 11-65 years) at the time of arthroscopy. All had an average of 1.7 (range, 1-5) arthroscopies. Thirty-four of 38 (89.5%) patients had some improvements of their symptoms after arthroscopic synovectomy, but all had worse symptoms and function at the latest followup of 3.63 years (range, 0.25-19.5 years). Although arthroscopic synovectomy offered some short-term relief, a critical review of prior reports and the data in the current study suggest poor outcomes in patients who have extraarticular diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee after arthroscopic synovectomy. Magnetic resonance imaging is recommended for accurate staging of the disease and for long-term followup after arthroscopic treatment.

About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

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Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, Founder of philosophy and practice of The LES Society and The LESS Institute

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology exposure. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and info. tech meet – and is uniquely educated at the intersection of these three professions. He has experience as Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences & Admissions Committee Member at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Visiting Spine Surgeon & Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biomedical Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details


Chin KR1Brick GW.

Author information

  1. Department of Orthopaedics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

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