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Skeletal Radiol. 2001 Feb;30(2):72-6.

MR imaging of the knee in marathon runners before and after competition.

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Department of Radiology, Danube Hospital, Langobardenstrasse 122, 1220 Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the findings in MRI-studies of the knee in recreational long-distance runners after competition and to assess the reversibility of the findings.

DESIGN AND PATIENTS:

Eight recreational long-distance runners underwent MRI studies of the knee before, immediately after and 6-8 weeks after taking part in the Vienna City Marathon. The studies were evaluated regarding alterations of pre-existing lesions and new pathological findings.

RESULTS:

In six runners without major pre-existing alterations no negative effects were experienced. In one runner with pre-existing grade III alterations of the menisci, signs of progressive osteoarthritis were experienced 2 months after the competition. In all other cases increased meniscal signal alterations and minor signal changes in the bone marrow after the race were transitory.

CONCLUSION:

In healthy individuals no negative long-term-effects were experienced. Pre-existing high-grade lesions of the menisci might be a predisposing risk for osteoarthritis, triggered by the stress of long-distance running.

PMID:
11310202
DOI:
10.1007/s002560000296
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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