, Volume 133, Issue 9, pp 1303-1307
Date: 08 Jun 2013

Is there a relationship between attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and Osgood–Schlatter disease?

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this prospective study is to investigate the relationship between Osgood–Schlatter disease (OSD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Methods

Seventy-four children with a diagnosis of OSD were referred to child and adolescent psychiatry department for the evaluation of ADHD. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was used for diagnostic criteria.

Results

Diagnosis of ADHD was made in 56 (75.6 %) out of 74 children.

Conclusions

Results of this study suggest that ADHD is a significant risk factor for OSD. During the evaluation of a patient with OSD, a thorough history should be obtained about the behavioral symptoms that indicate underlying ADHD. In case of suspicion, these patients should be referred for an additional evaluation by a child psychiatrist.

Level of evidence

II.