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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 140

of 'Anterior cruciate ligament injury'

Quadriceps tendon--a reliable alternative for reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament.
DeAngelis JP, Fulkerson JP
Clin Sports Med. 2007;26(4):587.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery with the central third quadriceps tendon can yield a stable, high-functioning knee with little associated morbidity. Both the quadriceps tendon-patellar bone graft and the free tendon graft are reported to produce good to excellent outcomes at more than 2 years of follow-up. The decreased donor-site morbidity and absence of anterior knee pain suggest that the quadriceps free tendon autograft offers a reliable, pain-free, low-morbidity autograft alternative in ACL reconstruction. Recent data suggest that this graft may be the least morbid of the currently used ACL autograft reconstruction alternatives.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, MARB 4th Floor, Farmington, CT 06032, USA. jpdeangelis@yahoo.com