Degenerative arthritis after intra-articular fractures on the knee. Long-term results

G. Volpin, G. S.E. Dowd, H. Stein, G. Bentley

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We reviewed 31 of 33 consecutive patients with intra-articular fractures of the knee at 6 to 22 years (average 14). Of these, 77% had excellent or good results; the others had various degrees of degenerative osteoarthritis. There was no significant difference between the results after surgical or conservative treatment. Secondary degeneration was not related to cause or type of fracture, but its incidence increased with the patient's age at the time of injury, though not with the length of follow-up. Early mobilisation appeared to be beneficial in preventing later degenerative changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-638
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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