In Brief| Volume 21, ISSUE 8, PA9, August 2005

Contents 1

        Original articles

        905 Unsatisfactory Clinical Results of Meniscal Repair Using the Meniscus Arrow
        Peter R. Kurzweil, Craig D. Tifford, and Elizabeth M. Ignacio
        911 Soft-Tissue Interference Fixation: Bioabsorbable Screw Versus Metal Screw
        Jeff C. Brand, Jr., John Nyland, David N. M. Caborn, and Darren L. Johnson
        917 Changes in Cross-Sectional Area of Hamstring Anterior Cruciate Ligament Grafts as a Function of Time Following Transplantation
        Masayuki Hamada, Konsei Shino, Shuji Horibe, Tomoki Mitsuoka, Yukiyoshi Toritsuka, and Norimasa Nakamura

        On the Cover

        A 28-year-old soccer player, who sustained a hyperextension injury during a game, presented with mild effusion and pain, but no instability. Clinical examination showed a grade I posterior drawer, with no sign of ACL laxity. MRI showed hyperintensity at the femoral attachment of the PCL with no clear or definitive signs of avulsion. Arthroscopy confirmed the diagnosis of PCL femoral avulsion with a peel-off injury. During arthroscopic debridement of the base of the femoral insertion, we were careful not to increase the avulsion gap. The patient was treated with a hinged knee brace locked at full extension and with a posterior calf support in order to reduce the tibial sublaxation. Treatment lasted for 40 days, with progressive range of motion after 10 days of full immobilization. At 6 months, he had full range of motion and a negative posterior drawer sign and was able to successfully return to his pre-injury sport level (Tegner 10). Courtesy of Pier Paolo Mariani, M.D.