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J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1976 Jul;58(5):594-8.

Collateral ligament laxity of the knee. Long-term comparison between plateau fractures and normal.


Bilateral varus-valgus knee-stress roentgenograms were made in 208 patients with unilateral single tibial-plateau fracture. Martin's so-called clear space was used to measure the laxity of the collateral ligaments and statistical analysis showed no increased laxity in the possibility injured ligaments. A vacuum phenomenon was produced in 36 per cent and ligament calcification was noted in 16 per cent of the knees tested.

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