Osteochondral and Chondral Fractures of the Knee

  • David D. Bullek
  • Michael A. Kelly


Acute knee injuries resulting in locking hemarthrosis or knee instability are not necessarily the result of meniscal or ligamentous injury. Fractures of the articular surface of the knee have been reported to occur in approximately 10% of acute traumatic hemarthrosis.1–8 Meniscal and ligamentous injuries have readily lent themselves to repair or resection. Articular cartilage lesions are quite the opposite, with satisfactory surgical outcomes less reliably achieved. Early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to avoid early arthritis in the involved compartment and loose-body formation.


Articular Cartilage Subchondral Bone Lateral Femoral Condyle Loose Body Chondral Lesion 
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