Volume 6, 2020
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||08 January 2020|
Large chondral fragment of the lateral femoral condyle treated with arthroscopic internal fixation in an elite young athlete
A case report
Department of Orthopaedics, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA
* Corresponding author: Mbeckert@iu.edu
Accepted: 20 December 2019
Focal chondral lesions in the adolescent population create a particular challenge for orthopedic surgeons, and currently there exists no consensus on proper treatment. Numerous techniques for addressing focal chondral defects are employed in both pediatrics and adults, including fragment excision, debridement and fixation, bone marrow stimulation and microfracture techniques, cell-based options, as well as chondral and osteochondral grafts. Although historical evidence is mixed, recent reports of primary fixation of displaced cartilage fragments have shown favorable results. We present a case of reduction and fixation of a large displaced cartilage lesion in an elite young tennis player. Our results, in addition to other reports mentioned in this manuscript, highlight the importance of considering primary fixation of large chondral lesions when amenable to repair.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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