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Hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: does gracilis tendon harvest matter?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23052280     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Hamstring tendon grafts are a popular choice for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Typical morbidity reported after hamstring tendon harvest is muscle weakness in flexion, and whilst still a matter for debate, this morbidity may be greater if the gracilis tendon is harvested in addition to the semitendinosus. This study sought to comprehensively compare the outcome of ACL reconstructions in which the semitendinosus was harvested alone (ST group) or with the gracilis (ST/G group).
METHODS: Twenty patients (ten ST, ten ST/G) were assessed with a variety of measures that included subjective scores, function, strength and tibial rotation as measured by gait analysis during a pivoting task.
RESULTS: Results showed that the graft diameter was significantly larger in the ST group, but there were no other differences between the groups for any other outcome measure.
CONCLUSION: Harvesting the gracilis in addition to semitendinosus does not appear to affect either the outcome or graft-related morbidity after hamstring ACL reconstruction.
Björn Barenius; Webster Kate Webster; Jodie McClelland; Julian Feller
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  International orthopaedics     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1432-5195     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Orthop     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-01     Completed Date:  2013-06-25     Revised Date:  2014-02-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705431     Medline TA:  Int Orthop     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anterior Cruciate Ligament / injuries*,  surgery
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction / methods*
Athletic Injuries / physiopathology,  surgery*
Gait / physiology
Knee Injuries / physiopathology,  surgery*
Tendons / transplantation*
Young Adult

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