Abduction-traction injury of the knee

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Disruption of the major ligaments of the knee was seen in six young men, five parachutists and a house painter, after what we have termed abduction-traction injury. This unusual complaint results from the application of a sudden block to the ankle while falling head first, leading to traction and abduction of the knee. All the patients underwent operations, generally with unsatisfactory results. At operation tears of the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and posterior oblique ligament were seen in each case; in four patients the posterior capsule and in three the posterior cruciate ligament also were torn. In one patient the lateral collateral ligament was torn and the lateral meniscotibial ligament was avulsed. The compression component is absent in this type of injury and consequently the menisci and the osteochondral surfaces of the tibia and femur remained intact in each case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-205
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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