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Treatment of ACL Tears in the Skeletally Immature Patient

Joseph, Sheeba M., MD, MS*; Huleatt, Joel B., MD*; Vogel-Abernathie, Laura A., MD*; Pace, J. Lee, MD*,†

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review: December 2018 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 153–156
doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000216
Review Articles

The understanding and treatment of anterior cruciate ligament tears in skeletally immature patients continues to evolve. While conservative management was a mainstay of treatment, poor outcomes have led to several surgical techniques aimed at stabilizing the knee, optimizing outcome, and minimizing the chance of growth disturbance. Current techniques have, in large part, accomplished these goals but challenges remain. Looking to the future, different graft options, primary repair techniques, and rigorous prospective studies will help improve outcomes for this challenging patient population.

*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut

Elite Sports Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Farmington, CT

Disclosure: J.L.P. is a consultant for Arthrex and Ceterix. The remaining authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: J. Lee Pace, MD, Elite Sports Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 399 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032.

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