Journal article

Women have increased rates of cartilage loss and progression of cartilage defects at the knee than men: a gender study of adults without clinical knee osteoarthritis

Fahad S Hanna, Andrew J Teichtahl, Anita Wluka, Yuanyuan Wang, Donna M Urquhart, Dallas R English, Graham G Giles, Flavia M Cicuttini

MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Women have an increased risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA). However, little is known about gender differences in cartilage health before the onset of clinical knee OA. The aim of this study was to examine whether there are longitudinal gender differences in knee cartilage in a cohort of healthy, asymptomatic adults with no clinical knee disease. METHODS: Two hundred seventy-one participants (169 women) aged between 50 and 79 years with no clinical history of knee pain or pathology were examined using magnetic resonance imaging at baseline and 2.3 years later. From these images, changes in tibial and patella cartilage volume and progression of cartilage defects were determined. RESUL..

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