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Osteochondritis dissecans 1887-1987. A centennial look at König's memorable phrase.

Authors
  • Barrie, H J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1987
Volume
69
Issue
5
Pages
693–695
Identifiers
PMID: 3316236
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In 1887, König claimed that loose bodies in the knee joints of young persons had three causes: (1) very severe trauma; (2) lesser trauma causing contusion and necrosis; and (3) minimal trauma acting on an underlying lesion-for which he suggested the name osteochondritis dissecans. His thesis has stood the test of time. We still confuse the second and third categories but osteochondritis dissecans has been identified as an ossification defect.

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