Anomalous band originating from fabella causing knee pain
The presentation of patients with knee injuries which can have a significant impact on their ability to work and perform activities of daily living is constantly rising.

The posterolateral corner of the knee has a complex anatomy of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, with huge variation in the population. The fabella is one such structure, found in the posterolateral corner of the knee, which can serve as a common origin point of various ligaments.

Published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports, the authors present a case report of a 53-year-old white man who presented with atraumatic, posterior knee pain and was found to have a congenital, anomalous band originating from the fabella, causing semimembranosus impingement.

This was diagnosed with magnetic resonance imaging; he underwent division of the anomalous band, which resulted in complete resolution of his symptoms.

Clinical pearls:-
- The authors propose that patients who present with posterior knee pain, without any history of trauma, and have no abnormalities on plain radiographs, should undergo magnetic resonance imaging of their knees.

- This will help in assessing the ligament complex in the posterior compartment of the knee, and exclude impingement of the semimembranosus as an, albeit rare, cause of posteromedial knee pain.

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