Journal article

A positive association of smoking and articular knee joint cartilage in healthy people

TL Racunica, M Szramka, Anita Wluka, Y Wang, DR English, GG Giles, R O'Sullivan, Flavia M Cicuttini

OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether smoking affects knee cartilage in healthy adults by examining the association of tobacco use with tibial cartilage volume and tibiofemoral cartilage defects. METHODS: Two hundred and ninety-seven healthy adult subjects were recruited from an existing cohort examining healthy aging, the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (MCCS). Questionnaire data were obtained at recruitment to the MCCS in 1990-1994 and at magnetic resonance imaging to determine cartilage outcomes in 2003. RESULTS: Tibial cartilage volume was positively associated with subjects who ever smoked as well as pack-years smoked, suggesting a dose-response. There was no association between smoking ..

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