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Surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) does not necessarily decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA). The inflammatory response and relative changes in pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines could participate in triggering the development of OA. To test this hypothesis we measured the concentrations of IL-1β, IL-1ra, IL-6,(More)
In vitro studies have shown promising results for balloon-guided inflation tibioplasty. It was our hypothesis that this technique may be safe and effective for use in depressed lateral tibial plateau fracture. We performed a prospective study of all patients suffering from a depressed lateral tibial plateau fracture, managed in our institution with(More)
To investigate whether soccer affects the young players’ one leg stance balance ability and to understand if balance ability in young soccer players is influenced by age, morphometric parameters or motor coordination capabilities. Ninety-two male healthy pediatric soccer players aged between 5 and 10 years were enrolled in this study. Sway path, sway area,(More)
BACKGROUND Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in children are increasingly common and present difficult treatment decisions due to the risk of growth disturbance. Although open primary ACL repair was abandoned in the historical literature, recent studies have suggested that there is a role for arthroscopic primary repair in patients with proximal tears.(More)
Levetiracetam is a relatively novel antiepileptic drug used for the treatment of partial and generalized seizures in adult and children. Several animal studies describe a possible drug adverse effect on skeletal growth and metabolism. We present a case report of a 10-year-old female child who underwent a prolonged 7-year treatment with levetiracetam for(More)
Osteochondrosis is a developmental disease characterized by an alteration of endochondral ossification. Genetic causes, repetitive mechanical stresses, vascular abnormalities, hormonal imbalances, and interruption of the blood supply to the epiphyseal cartilage are all described causes of osteochondrosis and the etiology is probably multifactorial.(More)
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction restores knee stability but does not reduce the incidence of posttraumatic osteoarthritis induced by inflammatory cytokines. The aim of this research was to longitudinally measure IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and TNF-α levels in patients subjected to ACL reconstruction using bone-patellar tendon-bone graft.(More)
In the last years, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury rate has significantly increased in pediatric and adolescent patients; particularly in the age 10–14, a 19% increase of ACL tear was observed from 2007 to 2011. The national US High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study found an ACL injury rate in adolescent athlete of 6.5/ 100,000, with(More)
Concentrations of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in synovial fluid samples collected from patients with chronic meniscal tears were investigated. An acute inflammatory response is generally reported 24-48 h after knee injury, but the largest body of data available in literature concerns anterior cruciate ligament injury and very little information is(More)
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