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THE INCIDENCE OF THE INFRAPATELLAR PLICAE IN THE ELDERLY WELSH POPULATION

A. P. Apostolopoulos, B. McConnell, A. Manta, G. Zafiropoulos
Folia Morphol 2012;71(3):194-197.

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Vol 71, No 3 (2012)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2012-08-31
Submitted: 2012-04-17
Accepted: 2012-05-21

Abstract

There are several studies reporting the incidence of suprapatellar, medial and lateral plicae, but there is very limited information regarding the incidence of the infrapatellar plica. The purpose of our study was to record the incidence of the infrapatelar plicae in the elderly Welsh population suffering of knee osteoarthritis. A prospective study was performed and 90 knees with severe osteoarthritis of the knee joint (Kellgren-Lawrence type III and IV) were investigated during total knee arthroplasty surgery.  Documentation was performed at every total knee replacement surgery for the length of the study. Knee replacement was performed by one senior surgeon. Infrapatellar plica was investigated by a medial parapatellar approach and was classified into five types according to Kim’s classification. The overall incidence of the infrapatellar plicae was 37.7%. The most common type of plicae was the separate type (23.3 %). There was no significant difference found between male and female patients. The fenestra type was the least common (2.22%). The incidence of infrapatellar plicae in the elderly Welsh population suffering of knee osteoarthritis was significantly lower when compared to a study that recorded the incidence of infrapatellar plica in young patients. Possibly, the degenerative changes of the knee joint can cause the reabsorption of the infrapatellar plica decreasing by this way its incidence in the elderly population.

Key words: infrapatellar plicae, incidence, knee osteoarthritis, elderly

Abstract

There are several studies reporting the incidence of suprapatellar, medial and lateral plicae, but there is very limited information regarding the incidence of the infrapatellar plica. The purpose of our study was to record the incidence of the infrapatelar plicae in the elderly Welsh population suffering of knee osteoarthritis. A prospective study was performed and 90 knees with severe osteoarthritis of the knee joint (Kellgren-Lawrence type III and IV) were investigated during total knee arthroplasty surgery.  Documentation was performed at every total knee replacement surgery for the length of the study. Knee replacement was performed by one senior surgeon. Infrapatellar plica was investigated by a medial parapatellar approach and was classified into five types according to Kim’s classification. The overall incidence of the infrapatellar plicae was 37.7%. The most common type of plicae was the separate type (23.3 %). There was no significant difference found between male and female patients. The fenestra type was the least common (2.22%). The incidence of infrapatellar plicae in the elderly Welsh population suffering of knee osteoarthritis was significantly lower when compared to a study that recorded the incidence of infrapatellar plica in young patients. Possibly, the degenerative changes of the knee joint can cause the reabsorption of the infrapatellar plica decreasing by this way its incidence in the elderly population.

Key words: infrapatellar plicae, incidence, knee osteoarthritis, elderly

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Title

THE INCIDENCE OF THE INFRAPATELLAR PLICAE IN THE ELDERLY WELSH POPULATION

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 71, No 3 (2012)

Pages

194-197

Published online

2012-08-31

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2012;71(3):194-197.

Authors

A. P. Apostolopoulos
B. McConnell
A. Manta
G. Zafiropoulos

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