Rapid Chondrolysis of the Knee After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Case Report

Slabaugh, Mark A.; Friel, Nicole A.; Cole, Brian J.
January 2010
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Jan2010, Vol. 92-A Issue 1, p186
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 17-year-old girl who underwent a routine anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction after which bupivacaine pain pump was placed into the suprapatellar pouch for 48 hours. Four months after the surgery, she noticed crepitus in the medical aspect of the knee in association with pain and swelling in the knee. The study indicates that the chondrolysis arising from improperly placed implants was extensive and not localized to the area of meniscal repair.


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