Does irradiation affect the clinical outcome of patellar tendon allograft ACL reconstruction?

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the clinical outcome of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with irradiated allograft versus autograft bone-patellar-tendon-bone (BPTB).

Conclusion: Patients undergoing ACL reconstruction with irradiated allograft BPTB had similar clinical outcomes compared to those reconstructed with autograft BPTB.

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Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2006 Sep;14(9):885-96. doi: 10.1007/s00167-006-0036-7. Epub 2006 Feb 25. Jeffrey A Rihn, James J Irrgang, Anikar Chhabra, Freddie H Fu, Christopher D Harner