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2022 Sep 02

Medicine (Baltimore)



Arthroscopically assisted reduction and internal fixation of a femoral anterior cruciate ligament osteochondral avulsion fracture in an 11-year-old girl: A case report.


The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is relatively rarely injured in children and adolescents, accounting for just 0.5% of all ACL rips that occur. Avulsion fractures are more common in youngsters because their ligamentous structures are known to be stronger than their physical insertion sites. Tibial eminences have been reported to be the sites of most ACL avulsions, and both cartilaginous and osteochondral avulsion fractures have been observed, whereas the latter occurs more commonly. On the other hand, femoral osteochondral avulsion fractures of the ACL in children are uncommon, as only a few studies describe their occurrence in immature patients.