Comparative study of autograft or allograft in primary anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

T. Kustos, L. Bálint, P. Than, Tamás Bárdos

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Between December 1996 and December 2002, we treated 79 patients with arthroscopy-assisted anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions. In 53 patients we used autografts and in 26 patients allografts. Patients were followed up for 38 (12-72) months. The two groups did not differ in preoperative sport activity level. The postoperative Lysholm score was 89.9±8.1 in the autograft group and 84.1±18.6 in the allograft group. Comparing the patients' Lysholm score according to whether they had a low (1-5) or a high (6-10) postoperative Tegner score, we found no statistically significant difference between the groups. On one occasion, the allograft ruptured during the implantation procedure just prior to the fixation. Post-operatively, we performed three revisions - two in the allograft group and one in the autograft group - and three second-look arthroscopies. There were no bacterial infections and no cases of viral transmission. No immune rejection, resorption, or immunsynovitis occurred during the follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-293
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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