Acta Ortopédica Brasileira
versão impressa ISSN 1413-7852
ROCHA, Ivan Dias da; MORAES, Tomás Mosaner de Souza; REZENDE, Márcia Uchoa de e PECORA, José Ricardo. Progress assessment of injuries associated to anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Acta ortop. bras. [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.2, pp. 105-108. ISSN 1413-7852. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-78522007000200010.
PURPOSE: We reviewed 71 patients diagnosed with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on 72 knees. The incidence of associated injuries (meniscal and joint cartilage injuries) were evaluated according to the time elapsed until ACL reconstruction. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Statistical analysis of the relationship between the time elapsed until surgery and the increase of associated lesions. RESULTS: There was no statistically significant difference on the incidence of joint-cartilage and meniscal injuries assessed for the periods within 2-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-24 months and above 24 months. CONCLUSION: Although a trend towards a higher number of meniscal injuries after 6 months, and of joint-cartilage injuries after 12 months since the primary anterior cruciate ligament injury, such fact showed no statistical significance.
Palavras-chave : Anterior cruciate ligament; Knee; Joint cartilage.