Medline ® Abstract for Reference 21
of 'Anterior cruciate ligament injury'
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with allograft tendons.
Strickland SM, MacGillivray JD, Warren RF
Orthop Clin North Am. 2003;34(1):41.
Allograft tissue allows reconstruction of the ACL without the donor site morbidity that can be caused by autograft harvesting. Patients who must kneel as a part of their occupation or chosen sport are particularly good candidates for allograft reconstruction. Patients over 45 years of age and those requiring revision ACL surgery can also benefit from the use and availability of allograft tendons. In some cases, patients or surgeons may opt for allograft tendons to maximize the result or morbidity ratio. Despite advances in cadaver screening and graft preparation, there remain risks of disease transmission and joint infection after allograft implantation. Detailed explanation and informed consent is vitally important in cases in which allograft tissue is used.
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