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The influence of the morphometric parameters of the intercondylar notch on occurrence of meniscofemoral ligaments

M. Minic, I. Zivanovic-Macuzic, M. Jakovcevski, M. Kovacevic, S. Minic, D. Jeremic
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2020.0151
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Pubmed: 33438187

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The purpose of this study was to examine the existence of correlation between the morphometric parameters of the intercondylar notch of the femur and the occurrence of meniscofemoral ligaments (MFLs) and if there is any relationship in the running angle (RA) value between narrowed and normal sized intercondylar notch. Coronal, sagittal and horizontal MR images of 90 patients with specified exclusion criteria were included in this study. The x² test was used for statistical analysis. In our research either one or both meniscofemoral ligament was identified in 70 (77.8%) of the 90 coronal MR images. In normal sized intercondylar notch, MFLs was seen in 39 (43.3%) cases and on 31 MR images (34.4%) with narrowed intercondylar notch. A significant correlation was established between the occurrence of the meniscofemoral ligament and morphometric parameters of the intercondylar notch (p<0.05). In normal sized intercondylar notch, 12 posterior meniscofemoral ligaments (pMFLs) of type I were detected (RA value = 42°),   8 of type II (RA value = 33°), 5 of type III (RA value = 23°) and two were of indeterminate type, whilst 10 anterior meniscofemoral ligaments (aMFLs) were of type I (RA value = 39°), 7 of type II (RA value = 31°), 2 of type III (RA value = 25°) and the remaining 6 were indeterminate. In narrowed intercondylar notch, 10 ligaments of pMFLs were of type I (RA value = 30°), 8 of type II (RA value = 25°), 5 of type III (RA value = 20°), 10 ligaments of aMFLs were of type I (RA value = 35°) and 9 were indeterminate. Statistically significant differences in the value of the running angle of pMFL type I and of type II were evaluated between two groups with different shaped intercondylar notch (p<0.05). The results shown in our study may be useful in medical clinical practice, reconstructive surgery, interpretation of knee MR images as well as genetic research.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the existence of correlation between the morphometric parameters of the intercondylar notch of the femur and the occurrence of meniscofemoral ligaments (MFLs) and if there is any relationship in the running angle (RA) value between narrowed and normal sized intercondylar notch. Coronal, sagittal and horizontal MR images of 90 patients with specified exclusion criteria were included in this study. The x² test was used for statistical analysis. In our research either one or both meniscofemoral ligament was identified in 70 (77.8%) of the 90 coronal MR images. In normal sized intercondylar notch, MFLs was seen in 39 (43.3%) cases and on 31 MR images (34.4%) with narrowed intercondylar notch. A significant correlation was established between the occurrence of the meniscofemoral ligament and morphometric parameters of the intercondylar notch (p<0.05). In normal sized intercondylar notch, 12 posterior meniscofemoral ligaments (pMFLs) of type I were detected (RA value = 42°),   8 of type II (RA value = 33°), 5 of type III (RA value = 23°) and two were of indeterminate type, whilst 10 anterior meniscofemoral ligaments (aMFLs) were of type I (RA value = 39°), 7 of type II (RA value = 31°), 2 of type III (RA value = 25°) and the remaining 6 were indeterminate. In narrowed intercondylar notch, 10 ligaments of pMFLs were of type I (RA value = 30°), 8 of type II (RA value = 25°), 5 of type III (RA value = 20°), 10 ligaments of aMFLs were of type I (RA value = 35°) and 9 were indeterminate. Statistically significant differences in the value of the running angle of pMFL type I and of type II were evaluated between two groups with different shaped intercondylar notch (p<0.05). The results shown in our study may be useful in medical clinical practice, reconstructive surgery, interpretation of knee MR images as well as genetic research.

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Keywords

intercondylar notch, meniscofemoral ligament, knee and MR

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Title

The influence of the morphometric parameters of the intercondylar notch on occurrence of meniscofemoral ligaments

Journal

Folia Morphologica

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Ahead of Print

Article type

Original article

Published online

2020-12-30

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2020.0151

Pubmed

33438187

Keywords

intercondylar notch
meniscofemoral ligament
knee and MR

Authors

M. Minic
I. Zivanovic-Macuzic
M. Jakovcevski
M. Kovacevic
S. Minic
D. Jeremic

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