Knee, Osteochondritis Dissecans of the

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee is a focal acquired injury to the bone just underneath the cartilage of the femur. It can be thought of as a stress fracture to a small area of this bone that can progress to involve the overlying cartilage of the knee. It is most commonly present in the most athletically active children and is believed to be an overuse injury occurring from repetitive microtrauma to the bone.


The knee joint is the articulation between the femur (thighbone) and the tibia (shinbone). ...

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