- See: Natural History of ACL Deficient Knee:
- because failure of ACL occurs first by plastic deformation w/ loss of collagen cross-linking, rupture usually occurs as single fiber-mass
failure rather than sequential fiber failure;
- this probably explains why partial ACL injury is less common than complete rupture;
- subclinical partial ACL rupture involving a subsynovial rupture w/ absent or small hemarthrosis may be more common than is generally recognized
Partial rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. Natural course.
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD on Sunday, April 26, 2015 2:44 pm