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Current status of second-look arthroscopy after meniscal allograft transplantation: review of the literature


, : Current status of second-look arthroscopy after meniscal allograft transplantation: review of the literature. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery 135(10): 1411-1418

Clinical assessments do not accurately reflect the status of meniscal transplants and cannot evaluate the graft condition itself and joint preservation effects of meniscal allograft transplantation correctly. The purpose of this review was to assess the need and to ascertain the indication and the role of second-look arthroscopy for objective evaluation after MAT. We performed a literature search to identify all published clinical studies on MAT with the following medical subject heading (MeSH) terms: "meniscus," "meniscal transplant," "transplantation and allograft," "meniscal and transplant." Include in the review are studies with at least 6 months clinical, radiological, and/or histological follow-up in human subjects. Evaluation method of MAT was reviewed with an aim to describe the frequency of second-look arthroscopy, its feasibility, patient compliance, purposes, and results. We identified 15 clinical studies that satisfied our inclusion and exclusion criteria. Only two studies always performed second-look arthroscopies. Most of the second-look arthroscopy was conducted mainly for the objective evaluation of meniscal allograft transplantation but, in several studies, arthroscopy was performed to treatment of other knee problem. Although second-look arthroscopy has inevitably ethical issues, especially for asymptomatic and well-functioning knees, in this review, it could be a more dependable method available to detect meniscal healing if performed for certain indications such as a symptomatic patient with a magnetic resonance image indicating abnormalities.

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PMID: 26142541

DOI: 10.1007/s00402-015-2274-y


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