Assessment and Appraisal of Problematic Internal Traumatic Lesions
Because of the precise evidence it provides, arthroscopy can facilitate the appraisal of traumatic lesions within the knee. Of these, lesions of the ligamentous apparatus are preeminent, especially ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament. Here the assessment is often straightforward as the history gives a sufficient indication of the mechanism of origin of the lesion. However, it is not always easy to distinguish a recently injured anterior cruciate ligament from an already inadequate but retraumatized ligament. Therefore, an exact history remains the most important means of distinguishing between “new” and “old” lesions.
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