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Drilling from the intercondylar area for treatment of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee joint.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12893148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We demonstrate a new method in which a drilling is made from the intercondylar space, and its efficacy in treating osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee in skeletally immature patients with relatively stable lesions with an intact articular surface, in cases where there was failure of initial non-operative management. The lesions of 16 knees of 12 patients with OCD of the femoral condyles failed to heal by conservative treatment for more than 3 months (average 5-6 months) and thereafter were arthroscopically treated with drilling from not the transarticular but the intercondylar bare area without damaging the articular surface. Eight lesions involved the medial femoral condyle, and eight involved the lateral femoral condyle. The average follow-up was 16 months. All lesions healed after drilling, and the average time of healing was 4 months by X-ray and 7 months by MRI. The average Lysholm score improved from an average of 70.4 points at preoperation to an average of 97.8 points after operation. The results of the Hughston Rating Scale were similar: 10 of the 12 patients showed excellent results and the remaining two patients good results. We advocate our new and less invasive procedure of drilling from the bare area of the intercondylar space for OCD in the knee joint of skeletally immature patients who have had failure of initial non-operative management.
Kenzo Kawasaki; Yuji Uchio; Nobuo Adachi; Junji Iwasa; Mitsuo Ochi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Knee     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0968-0160     ISO Abbreviation:  Knee     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-01     Completed Date:  2003-10-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9430798     Medline TA:  Knee     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  257-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, Shimane Medical University, 89-1 Enya-cho, Izumo, Shimane, 693-8501, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Fracture Fixation / methods*
Fracture Healing / physiology
Knee Joint / physiopathology,  radiography,  surgery*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Osteochondritis Dissecans / diagnosis,  physiopathology,  surgery*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Recovery of Function / physiology
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors

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