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Br J Sports Med 47:373 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-f232rep
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Republished research: Treatment for acute anterior cruciate ligament tear: five year outcome of randomised trial

  1. L Stefan Lohmander1,2,5
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Sweden
  2. 2Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  3. 3Department of Radiology, University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
  4. 4Quantitative Imaging Center (QIC), Department of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
  5. 5Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to: R B Frobell, Department of Orthopaedics, Lund University Hospital, SE-22185 Lund, Sweden Richard.frobell{at}med.lu.se

Abstract

Study question In young active adults with an acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture, do patient reported or radiographic outcomes after five years differ between those treated with rehabilitation plus early ACL reconstruction and those treated with rehabilitation and optional delayed ACL reconstruction?

Summary answer At five years, patients assigned to rehabilitation plus early ACL reconstruction did not differ significantly in patient reported or radiographic outcomes from those assigned to initial rehabilitation with the option of having a later reconstruction if needed.

What is known and what this paper adds The relative efficacy of surgical reconstruction and …