Morphologic changes of the posterior cruciate ligament on magnetic resonance imaging before and after reconstruction of chronic anterior cruciate ligament ruptures

Jae Doo Yoo, Hyung Mook Lim

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the morphologic change of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in chronic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear before and after reconstruction. Materials and Methods: On the MRI image after ACL reconstruction, a base line (BL) was drawn between the femoral and tibial insertion sites of the PCL. Point A was established as the vertically farthest point from BL. Line 1 and 2 were drawn respectively between point A and the insertions of PCL. The angles between BL and Line1 and 2 were defined as angle a and angle b. Correlations between the preoperative anterior knee instability assessed with the KT 1000 arthrometer and the parameters were evaluated. Results: The average angle a was 52.3o±7.1o preoperatively and 30.1o±3.4o postoperatively, and the average angle b was 28.95o±4.62o preoperatively and 22o±2.9o postoperatively (p<0.05). The preoperative manual maximal side-to-side difference was 7.2±2.3 mm, which had no significant correlation with angle b. Conclusions: The preoperative buckling of PCL in the case of chronic ACL injury disappeared after ACL reconstruction. The degree of PCL buckling had no correlation with the degree of preoperative anterior instability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalKnee Surgery and Related Research
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Anterior cruciate ligament
  • Buckling
  • Knee
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Posterior cruciate ligament

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