From loose body to osteochondritis dissecans: A historical account of disease definition

Vittorio Tarabella, Giuseppe Filardo, Berardo Di Matteo, Luca Andriolo, Patrizia Tomba, Anna Viganò, Maurilio Marcacci

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Abstract

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is a rare yet fascinating disease affecting young, active patients. It remains a ‘mysterious disease’ whose etiopathology, still unclear, is the subject of ongoing studies aiming improving the knowledge of this condition and, therefore, treatment options, too. Even though the first descriptions of intra-articular loose bodies date back to very ancient times, it is only relatively recently that, thanks to the contribution of some very eminent physicians, it became recognized as a specific orthopaedic condition. The aim of the present manuscript is to trace the main steps in the journey that led to the acknowledgement of OCD as an autonomous clinical entity, and to recall the prominent figures involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-170
Number of pages6
JournalJoints
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016

Keywords

  • Disease
  • Etiology
  • Joint
  • Loose body
  • Osteocondritis dissecans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

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