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Mid-substance tear of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in children: a report of three patients

Abstract

We report one case of mid-substance injury of the posterior cruciate ligament and two cases of mid-substance injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament in children. Surgical repair with augmentation using the iliotibial band was performed on these patients without the use of transphyseal drill holes. A small strip of the iliotibial band was sutured onto the end of the cruciate ligament stump to augment the remnant. At the most recent follow-up examinations, conducted 5–11 years after surgery, no restriction or discomfort in daily and sport activities was reported, and acceptable levels of function in the injured knees were noted in all patients.

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Kongcharoensombat, W., Nakamae, A., Adachi, N. et al. Mid-substance tear of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in children: a report of three patients. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 17, 964–967 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00167-009-0806-0

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Keywords

  • Knee
  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Posterior cruciate ligament
  • Children
  • Mid-substance tear
  • Surgical treatment