Treatment of symptomatic cartilage defects of the knee: characterized chondrocyte implantation results in better clinical outcome at 36 months in a randomized trial compared to microfracture.

@article{Saris2009TreatmentOS,
  title={Treatment of symptomatic cartilage defects of the knee: characterized chondrocyte implantation results in better clinical outcome at 36 months in a randomized trial compared to microfracture.},
  author={Daniel B. F. Saris and Johan J E Vanlauwe and J. R. Jeba S. P. Victor and Karl Fredrik Almqvist and R. Verdonk and Johan Bellemans and Frank P. Luyten},
  journal={The American journal of sports medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={37 Suppl 1},
  pages={10S-19S}
}
BACKGROUND Damaged articular cartilage has limited capacity for self-repair. Autologous chondrocyte implantation using a characterized cell therapy product results in significantly better early structural repair as compared with microfracture in patients with symptomatic joint surface defects of the femoral condyles of the knee. PURPOSE To evaluate clinical outcome at 36 months after characterized chondrocyte implantation (CCI) versus microfracture (MF). STUDY DESIGN Randomized controlled… CONTINUE READING
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