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J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2007 Apr;15(1):78-80.

Medial collateral ligament avulsion from both tibial and femoral attachments: a case report.

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Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal, Udupi District, Karnataka State, India.


The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is the most commonly injured ligament of the knee joint. Proximal MCL tears occur more frequently than do distal ones. We report a 28-year-old man with a valgus injury of his left knee joint after a fall from a motorcycle. Magnetic resonance imaging of the affected knee joint revealed complete avulsion of the superficial MCL from both its femoral and tibial insertions. The meniscofemoral portion of the deep part of the MCL was also torn and the medial meniscus was subluxated. Such a pattern, an MCL tear with subluxation of the medial meniscus, is rare.

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