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Other Names for this Disease
- Aseptic necrosis
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In osteochondritis dissecans, a loose piece of bone and cartilage separates from the end of the bone because of a loss of blood supply. The loose piece may stay in place or fall into the joint space, making the joint unstable. This causes pain and feelings that the joint "sticks" or is "giving way." Osteochondritis dissecans usually affects the knees and elbows.
Last updated: 6/4/2009
- Osteochondritis dissecans. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 03/2012; http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00610. Accessed 10/8/2013.
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- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Osteochondritis dissecans. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Osteochondritis dissecans. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
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- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Osteochondritis dissecans. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Selected Full-Text Journal Articles
- Hixon A, Gibbs L. Osteochondritis dessicans: A diagnosis not to miss. American Academy of Family Physicians. 2000. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000101/151.html