[Cartilage biopsy for autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI)].

  title={[Cartilage biopsy for autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI)].},
  author={Jan M Pestka and G M Salzmann and Norbert P Suedkamp and Phillip Niemeyer},
  journal={Zeitschrift fur Orthopadie und Unfallchirurgie},
  volume={151 3},
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) is an established two-step procedure for the treatment of full-thickness cartilage defects of the knee. Cartilage harvest from the affected knee joint represents the first step of this procedure and is essential for further in vitro expansion of autologous chondrocytes. Nevertheless, the cartilage biopsy process itself is underrepresented in the scientific literature and currently there is only a limited amount of data available addressing this process… CONTINUE READING
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