Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee

Rick W. Wright, George A. Paletta

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Successful treatment of osteochrondritis dissecans lesions with long-term preservation of the articular cartilage is a challenging problem. The appropriate treatment for an individual lesion depends on several factors, including stability of the lesion and the skeletal maturity of the patient. In this article, we review the treatment options for juvenile osteochondritis dissecans lesions, including conservative and operative treatment. For adult osteochondritis dissecans lesions, we review the historical results of excision of the lesion. In addition, we review a variety of current fixation methods available to the orthopaedist. The ultimate goal of treating osteochondritis dissecans lesions is successful healing of the lesion with preservation of the articular cartilage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in arthroplasty
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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    Wright, R. W., & Paletta, G. A. (2002). Treatment of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee. Seminars in arthroplasty, 13(2), 126-130.