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2009 Activity Level and Graft Type Affect Risk of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Failure
High activity level and use of an allograft rather than autograft increase the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) graft failure, according to a report in The American Journal of Sports Medicine in December 2009.
"Clinicians may want to consider the use of an allograft in athletes that desire a return to high activity level and discuss the potential risk for graft failure," Dr. James R. Borchers from The Ohio State University, Columbus, told Reuters Health.
Dr. Borchers and colleagues evaluated postoperative activity level and graft type as risk factors for graft failure in 322 patients who underwent ACL reconstruction in 2002 and 2003.
Over the next two years, graft failure occurred in 5 of 135 patients with autografts (3.70%) and in 16 of 187 patients with allografts (8.56%), the authors report.
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Added: Wed Dec 23 2009
Last Modified: Wed May 11 2011