Cartilage morphology at 2-3 years following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with or without concomitant meniscal pathology
Xinyang Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Kim L Bennell, Tim V Wrigley, Flavia M Cicuttini, Karine Fortin, David J Saxby, Ans Van Ginckel, Alasdair R Dempsey, Nicole Grigg, Christopher Vertullo, Julian A Feller, Tim Whitehead, David G Lloyd, Adam L Bryant
KNEE SURGERY SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY ARTHROSCOPY | SPRINGER | Published : 2017
PURPOSE: To examine differences in cartilage morphology between young adults 2-3 years post-anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), with or without meniscal pathology, and control participants. METHODS: Knee MRI was performed on 130 participants aged 18-40 years (62 with isolated ACLR, 38 with combined ACLR and meniscal pathology, and 30 healthy controls). Cartilage defects, cartilage volume and bone marrow lesions (BMLs) were assessed from MRI using validated methods. RESULTS: Cartilage defects were more prevalent in the isolated ACLR (69 %) and combined group (84 %) than in controls (10 %, P < 0.001). Furthermore, the combined group showed higher prevalence of cartilage defects o..View full abstract
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This study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, project Grant 628850).