Joint Involvement in Patients with Vascular Malformations. Destructive Angiodysplastic Arthritis

  • Jürgen Hauert
  • Dirk A. Loose
  • Florian M. Westphal


Intra-articular vascular malformations are mainly seen in the knee. The evolution of a joint with this disease is a progressive destructive angiodysplastic arthritis, with destruction of synovia, cartilage, menisci and Hoffa’s fat pad. To avoid this progression, early treatment is based on arthroscopic coagulation and/or debridement, open arthrolysis or joint replacement in severe cases.


Vascular Malformation Joint Involvement Venous Malformation Destructive Change Chondral Defect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Hauert
    • 1
  • Dirk A. Loose
    • 2
  • Florian M. Westphal
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Ortopedics and Emergency SurgeryClinic “Dr. Guth”HamburgGermany
  2. 2.Center for Circulatory Disturbances and Vascular Defects, Department for Angiology and Vascular SurgeryFacharztklinik HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, BerufsgenossenschaftlichesUnfallkrankenhaus HamburgHamburgGermany

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