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Anatomy of the anterolateral ligament of the knee

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Anatomy, August 2013
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Title
Anatomy of the anterolateral ligament of the knee
Published in
Journal of Anatomy, August 2013
DOI 10.1111/joa.12087
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Authors

Steven Claes, Evie Vereecke, Michael Maes, Jan Victor, Peter Verdonk, Johan Bellemans

Abstract

In 1879, the French surgeon Segond described the existence of a 'pearly, resistant, fibrous band' at the anterolateral aspect of the human knee, attached to the eponymous Segond fracture. To date, the enigma surrounding this anatomical structure is reflected in confusing names such as '(mid-third) lateral capsular ligament', 'capsulo-osseous layer of the iliotibial band' or 'anterolateral ligament', and no clear anatomical description has yet been provided. In this study, the presence and characteristics of Segond's 'pearly band', hereafter termed anterolateral ligament (ALL), was investigated in 41 unpaired, human cadaveric knees. The femoral and tibial attachment of the ALL, its course and its relationship with nearby anatomical structures were studied both qualitatively and quantitatively. In all but one of 41 cadaveric knees (97%), the ALL was found as a well-defined ligamentous structure, clearly distinguishable from the anterolateral joint capsule. The origin of the ALL was situated at the prominence of the lateral femoral epicondyle, slightly anterior to the origin of the lateral collateral ligament, although connecting fibers between the two structures were observed. The ALL showed an oblique course to the anterolateral aspect of the proximal tibia, with firm attachments to the lateral meniscus, thus enveloping the inferior lateral geniculate artery and vein. Its insertion on the anterolateral tibia was grossly located midway between Gerdy's tubercle and the tip of the fibular head, definitely separate from the iliotibial band (ITB). The ALL was found to be a distinct ligamentous structure at the anterolateral aspect of the human knee with consistent origin and insertion site features. By providing a detailed anatomical characterization of the ALL, this study clarifies the long-standing enigma surrounding the existence of a ligamentous structure connecting the femur with the anterolateral tibia. Given its structure and anatomic location, the ALL is hypothesized to control internal tibial rotation and thus to affect the pivot shift phenomenon, although further studies are needed to investigate its biomechanical function.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 7 2%
Germany 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Finland 2 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Qatar 1 <1%
Other 11 3%
Unknown 397 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 62 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 56 13%
Student > Master 55 13%
Researcher 52 12%
Student > Bachelor 43 10%
Other 164 38%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 246 57%
Unspecified 56 13%
Engineering 31 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 25 6%
Sports and Recreations 23 5%
Other 51 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 513. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 April 2019.
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