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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in the Pediatric Population: A Case Study

Abel, Kathy APNC, ONC; Chilutti, Daniel; Goebel, Jennifer BA; Ganley, Theodore MD; Wells, Lawrence MD; Winell, Jennifer J. MD

Section Editor(s): Campo, Theresa M. DNP, RN, APN, NP-C

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April-June 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p 112–121
doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181da3f18

There are many injuries that are clinically challenging musculoskeletal disorders in emergency department patients. One of those is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Injuries to the ACL are among the most common injuries incurred to the knee in sports. ACL tears in children and adolescents are becoming more common as participation in formalized sports increases. This injury typically occurs with trauma to the knee. The purpose of this article is to discuss the assessment and management of patients with ACL injuries using an actual case presentation. It is imperative for the healthcare provider to appropriately assess and manage the patient with an ACL injury promptly to ensure that outcome is improved. Failure to recognize the severity of the problem may lead to increased morbidity with poor functional outcomes.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Corresponding Author: Kathy Abel, APNC, ONC, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Orthopedics, 34th and Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.