Osteochondral autograft transplantation for osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow in juvenile baseball players: minimum 2-year follow-up.

Osteochondral autografts have recently become popular to treat articular cartilage defects, and they are used for unstable osteochondritis dissecans lesions as a means of biological fixation.
To evaluate the clinical results of osteochondral autograft transfer for osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow.
Case series; Level of evidence, 4.
Osteochondral autograft transfer was performed on 18 baseball players (mean age, 13.6 years) with osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow. These included 9 lesions that were grade 3 (separated but in situ) and 9 lesions that were grade 4 (displaced fragment with osteochondral defect) based on magnetic resonance imaging. All patients were evaluated with a scoring system, radiographs, and magnetic resonance imaging, with the mean follow-up at 3.5 years.
In patients with grade 3 lesions, the subjective score was increased, but the objective score did not change. Six of 9 patients returned to their previous sports performance levels. One quit baseball because of academic reasons, 1 changed his position, and 1 changed to softball. In patients with grade 4 lesions, both subjective and objective scores were increased significantly. All but 1 patient returned to their previous sports performance levels. In the 3 grade 4 lesions with a wide osteochondral defect, the irregularity of the articular surface remained on magnetic resonance imaging.
Osteochondral autograft transplantation is a useful treatment for reattachment of the lesion as well as osteochondral resurfacing of elbow osteochondritis dissecans.
AuthorsYuji Yamamoto, Yasuyuki Ishibashi, Eiichi Tsuda, Hideki Sato, Satoshi Toh
JournalThe American journal of sports medicine (Am J Sports Med) Vol. 34 Issue 5 Pg. 714-20 (May 2006) ISSN: 0363-5465 [Print] United States
PMID16382006 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries (surgery)
  • Baseball
  • Cartilage, Articular (surgery)
  • Child
  • Elbow (surgery)
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteochondritis (surgery)
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sports
  • Transplantation, Autologous

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