A pathway for nutrients from the medullary cavity to the articular cartilage of the human femoral head.

@article{Greenwald1969APF,
  title={A pathway for nutrients from the medullary cavity to the articular cartilage of the human femoral head.},
  author={Alan Seth Greenwald and Don Haynes},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume},
  year={1969},
  volume={51 4},
  pages={
          747-53
        }
}
It has long been known that articular cartilage does not contain blood vessels, and the mechanism by which nutrients reach the cartilage has been a problem of continued interest. There are two schools of thought as to the pathways by which adult articular cartilage receives its nutrition. One states that nutrients are supplied to the cartilage solely through contact with synovial fluid. This pathway was suggested by early investigators and more recently confirmed (Brower, Akahoshi and Orlic… CONTINUE READING
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