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The Meniscofemoral Ligaments Of The Knee

The Meniscofemoral Ligaments Of The Knee,10.1302/0301-620X.79B2.6893,Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-british Volume,A. R. Poynton,S. M. Javadpour,P.

The Meniscofemoral Ligaments Of The Knee   (Citations: 14)
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The meniscofemoral ligaments (MFL) of the knee have both functional and clinical importance, but have been poorly described. We examined 42 human cadaver knees: there was at least one MFL in every joint and both ligaments were present in 27. The anterior MFL was present in the knees in all 18 males and in 17 of the 24 females. The posterior MFL was present in 16 males and 22 females. Measurement of the ligaments showed that they were of significant size. The mean midpoint width for the anterior MFL was 5.09 ± 1.41 mm in males and 2.99 ± 1.29 mm in females. The mean width of the posterior MFL was 5.48 ± 2.13 mm in males and 3.79 ± 2.56 mm in females. The average length of the anterior MFL was 27.09 ± 2.15 mm in males and 24.38 ± 3.39 mm in females, and the posterior MFL was 31.13 ± 2.54 mm and 27.59 ± 3.74 mm, respectively. There were anatomical variations in 16 (38%) knees (62.5% female, 37.5% male), more commonly in the posterior ligament. We conclude that the meniscofemoral ligaments are anatomically and probably functionally important structures in the human knee. J Bone Joint Surg (Br) 1997;79-B:327-30. Received 7 April 1996; Accepted after revision 30 September 1996
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    • ...The Wrisberg ligament is one of the most important accessory ligaments of the knee and is referred to as the third cruciate ligament [1, 2]. There are some reports about the prevalence and thickness of the Wrisberg ligament in the normal population [3, 4]; however, there are no published studies in the English literature which have focused on the complete discoid lateral meniscus and different features of the Wrisberg ligament...
    • ...Finally, we also evaluated the relationship between the thickened, highlocated Wrisberg ligament and the reported clinical and radiologic variables which affect the Wrisberg ligament, such as gender, the presence of a Humphrey ligament, a history of trauma, and extremity dominance [1, 3, 6, 7]...
    • ...Many surgeons and anatomists have described the prevalence and anatomic functions of the meniscofemoral ligament [3, 6]. However, studies regarding the prevalence and biomechanics of the meniscofemoral ligament are not sufficient and have some discrep-...
    • ...There are few papers pertaining to the clinical and radiologic variables which can affect the Wrisberg ligament, such as gender, the presence of a Humphrey ligament, a history of trauma, and extremity dominance [1, 3, 6, 7], The Humphrey ligament is also known as the anterior meniscofemoral ligament, and it originates from the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus and runs anterior to the PCL...
    • ...But other studies of 42 human cadavers showed the opposite results, i.e., the Wrisberg ligaments tended to be thicker in males than females [3]...

    Eun Young Kimet al. Atypically thick and high location of the Wrisberg ligament in patient...

    • ...The MFL has a reported incidence of 70–100%, with the ligament of Humphrey seen in 26–50%, an isolated ligament of Wrisberg in 35–76%, and both present in 6–17% [6]...

    Lawrence S. Parket al. Posterior horn lateral meniscal tears simulating meniscofemoral ligame...

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