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Paediatric anterior cruciate ligament injuries: management, treatment rationale and long-term outcomes (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Guri Ranum Ekås1,2,3
  1. 1 Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Akershus University Hospital, Lorenskog, Norway
  2. 2 Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre, Norwegian School of Sport Science, Oslo, Norway
  3. 3 Institute of Clinical medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Guri Ranum Ekås, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Akershus University Hospital, Lorenskog 1478, Norway; gurire{at}

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What did I do?

I am an orthopaedic surgeon focusing on knee injuries especially in the paediatric population. My PhD involved investigating paediatric anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury management, treatment rationale and long-term outcomes.

My research questions included:

  1. How should clinicians manage paediatric ACL injuries? Is it possible to reach a consensus?

  2. What are the long-term clinical and radiological outcomes following a primary non-operative treatment approach?

  3. What is the risk of new meniscal tears after ACL injury?

Why did I do it?

The incidence of paediatric ACL injuries is increasing.1 This trend is alarming due to the high risk of reinjury to the affected knee and the potential for early-onset knee osteoarthritis. Management is controversial—largely guided by local traditions and surgeon preferences (ie, dogma, eminence-based). The prevailing clinical dogma, in many centres, has been to undertake early ACL reconstruction to protect the other knee structures such as menisci and cartilage. Current evidence is sparse.

How did I do it?

  1. I contributed to the 2018 International Olympic Committee Consensus Statement on prevention, …

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  • Collaborators All supervisors and coauthors are collaborators. Professor Lars Engebretsen, Professor May-Arna Risberg, Hege Grindem, Håvard Moksnes, Clare Ardern, Marit Mjelde Laane and Arne Larmo.

  • Contributors I wrote the PhD award and my main supervisor professor Lars Engebretsen read it and confirm that it reflects the work we have done.

  • Funding This study was funded by Sophies Minde Ortopedi.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.