oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Osteochondritis dissecans

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



In 1887, exactly one hundred years ago, F. Konig presented a paper about loose bodies in joints. He concluded that there were three causes for loose bodies in a joint. 1. Severe trauma causing a breaking off of a part of thejoint. 2. Lesser trauma which might contuse the bone giving rise to necrosis which then might separate. 3. Minimal trauma where some predisposing factor would appear to cause the separation. Not much has changed in 100 years.

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