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Does Irradiation Affect the Clinical Outcome of Patellar Tendon Allograft ACL Reconstruction?

Purpose: To compare the clinical outcome of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with irradiated allograft versus autograft BPTB.

Summary: Patients undergoing ACL reconstruction with irradiated allograft BPTB had similar clinical outcomes compared to those reconstructed with autograft BPTB; thereby, suggesting that irradiation can be used to sterilize BPTB allograft without adversely affecting clinical outcome.

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