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Chondromalacia patellae: assessment with MR imaging.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3615877     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Magnetic resonance (MR) images of the posterior patellar hyaline articular cartilage were obtained in 23 subjects to determine if MR imaging could accurately demonstrate the patellar cartilage. Arthroscopy was used as the standard of reference. Three subjects were asymptomatic volunteers. In the remaining 20 who had patellofemoral pain, arthroscopy was performed before MR imaging in seven and afterward in 12; one did not undergo arthroscopy. MR imaging showed focal areas of swelling of the patellar cartilage, focal hypointensity, surface irregularity, areas of thinning, and areas of cartilage loss with exposure of subchondral bone. The surgical findings agreed with those from MR images in all seven patients who underwent arthroscopy before MR imaging and in ten of the 12 who underwent surgery afterward. MR imaging is an accurate means of examining the posterior patellar cartilage and should be considered as an alternative to diagnostic arthroscopy when chondromalacia patellae is suspected.
B S Yulish; J Montanez; D B Goodfellow; P J Bryan; G P Mulopulos; M T Modic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiology     Volume:  164     ISSN:  0033-8419     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiology     Publication Date:  1987 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-09-14     Completed Date:  1987-09-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401260     Medline TA:  Radiology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  763-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cartilage Diseases / diagnosis*,  etiology
Knee Injuries / complications
Knee Joint / pathology*
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy / diagnostic use*
Middle Aged
Patella / pathology*

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