Temporal correlations between meniscus tears and knee chondropathy in athletes

M. Rendina, M. Benazzi, A. Pio, E. Viola, A. C. Egidio

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Some workers maintain that an initial meniscus tear can result in damage to the cartilages of the femoral condyles, whereas others hold that there are no correlations between the two types of derangement. This paper investigates their association through an assessment of the influence of the interval between a meniscus injury and its surgical management on the establishment of secondary femoral condyle cartilage damage in 109 regular professional and amateur athletes aged 1645 (to lessen the likelihood of primary chondropathy) with arthroscopically repaired meniscus injuries. A distinction was drawn between patients operated up to and more than 3 months after their injury. Statistical analysis of the results with the chi square test (with Yates' correction) showed that the presence of a meniscus lesion operated after 3 months was not a significant cause of subsequent femoral condyle cartilage damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-171
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Traumatology and Related Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Athletes
  • Chondropathy
  • Meniscus tears

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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