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Osteochondritis dissecans


Other Names for this Disease

  • Aseptic necrosis
  • OD
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Overview

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.[1]
Last updated: 6/4/2009

References

  1. 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.
  • MedlinePlus provides more information on knee injuries and disorders. MedlinePlus is a Web site designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions.
  • The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers. 
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Aseptic necrosis
  • OD
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.