International Orthopaedics

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 126–129

Osteochondritis dissecans patellae

Is there a genetic predisposition?
  • Peter J. Livesley
  • George F. Milligan


The aetiology of Osteochondritis Dissecans Patellae remains controversial. We present a family suffering from the condition in all members of one generation. Clinical data support the hypothesis that the aetiology of the disorder in this family is recurrent subluxation of the patella, the inherited predisposing factor being an abnormality of the mechanics of the knee.


L'étiologie de l'ostéochondrite disséquante de la rotule demeure controversée. Nous présentons le cas d'une famille dans laquelle tous les membres d'une génération en sont atteints. Les données cliniques permettent de supposer que l'origine de l'affection, dans cette famille, est une subluxation récidivante de la rotule. Le facteur génétique prédisposant est une anomalie de la mécanique du genou.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Livesley
    • 1
  • George F. Milligan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harlow Wood Orthopaedic HospitalMansfieldEngland
  2. 2.Queens Medical CentreNottinghamEngland

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