Vesa J Vähäsarja

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The present study compares the repeatability of patellofemoral malalignment (PFM) indices obtained by 20 degree flexion axial radiography (AR) and computerized tomography (CT) with 0 degree and 20 degree flexion of the knees in children and adolescents. Thirty-one patients with a mean age of 14.2 years (range 8 to 19.2 years) suffering from PFM were(More)
We performed diagnostic arthroscopy for acute knee trauma in 138 children and adolescents aged 13 (1-15) years. The compatibility between the clinical examination and the arthroscopic findings was 59 percent. Ligament injuries were found in 32 cases, 14 of which had rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. The compatibility in the case of ligament(More)
A questionnaire was sent to 967 schoolchildren, in two age groups, in northern Finland in order to investigate the prevalence of chronic knee pain. A response rate of 88.5% was achieved. Adolescents (aged 14-15 years) had significantly more knee pain (p < 0.0001) than children (aged 9-10 years). The total prevalence of chronic knee pain at the time of the(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) have been shown to induce bone formation and union in long bone defects and nonunions. We report a case of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia treated with a composite implant consisting of a biocoral frame, collagen carrier, and native bovine BMP extract. A six-year-old boy had persisting congenital proximal tibial(More)
Realignment operations were performed on 57 knees to correct patellar malalignment in children between 1985 and 1991. Three different operative techniques were used: the lateral release, the lateral release and medial reefment, and the Roux-Goldthwait patellar tendon transposition. Roentgenographic values were measured before and after the operation by(More)
199 arthroscopies were performed on children with non-acute knee problems during 1985-1992 at the University Hospital of Oulu (76 boys and 123 girls). The mean age was 13 (2-15) years. The ratio between boys and girls was 1:1.6 showing the incidence among girls to be greater. The mean duration of symptoms was 16 (0.3-96) months before the arthroscopy. Major(More)
BACKGROUND Growth plate or physeal cartilage trauma may result in delayed or immediate failure of growth due to bone bridge formation at the insult site. With computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the role of imaging has expanded from diagnosis to treatment planning and therapy guidance. PURPOSE To describe a technique for(More)
Cholestyramine 2 g twice daily for 3 days was compared to an equivalent placebo in a randomized double-blind study of infants hospitalized for acute diarrhoea. All the patients received oral rehydration with the WHO solution, and full feedings were reintroduced after 6-10 hours' rehydration. Cholestyramine therapy, initiated at the time of feedings,(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the clinical manifestations and occurrence of mtDNA depletion and deletions in paediatric patients with neuromuscular diseases and to identify novel clinical phenotypes associated with mtDNA depletion or deletions. METHODS Muscle DNA samples from patients presenting with undefined encephalomyopathies or myopathies were analysed for(More)