Osteochondrosis dissecans

Case contributed by Dr Abdallah Khateeb


Presents with knee pain. Upon questioning, there is no obvious history of knee trauma. The pain started 3 weeks ago.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Male

An osteochondral defect involves the medial femoral condyle which shows bone marrow edema, along with a low signal loose body outlined by the high signal fluid depicted at the intercondylar fossa. Mild knee joint effusion is seen as well.

Case Discussion

This is a typical case of osteochondritis dissecans. For our case, the diagnosis could have been made by a simple X-ray of the knee, however, the role of MRI is more important in other less severe / obvious cases.

An MRI image is required to grade the stability and severity of an osteochondral injury and is used to plan management.

Since the bony fragment is displaced and the donor defect is well seen and filled with fluid, but no advanced osteoarthritic changes has took place, this case is stage IV.

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Case information

rID: 39686
Published: 15th Sep 2015
Last edited: 4th Mar 2016
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