We treated 17 knees in 15 patients with severe ligament derangement and dislocation by open repair and reconstruction. We assessed the competence of all structures thought to be important for stability by clinical examination, MRI interpretation, and surgery. Our findings showed that in these polytrauma patients clinical examination was not an accurate predictor of the extent or site of soft-tissue injury (53% to 82% correct) due mainly to the limitations of associated injuries. MRI was more accurate (85% to 100% correct) except for a negative result for the lateral collateral ligament and posterolateral capsule. The detail and reliability of MRI are invaluable in the preoperative planning of the surgical repair and reconstruction of dislocated knees.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B|
|State||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine