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Abstract #4179

Does cartilage transplantation harm or regenerate adjacent cartilage ? A longitudinal study

Alina Messner 1 , Sebastian Apprich 2 , Lukas Zak 3 , Pavol Szomolanyi 1 , and Siegfried Trattnig 1

1 High Field MR Center, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 2 Department of Orthopaedics, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 3 Department of Traumatology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The integrity of cartilage adjacent to repair tissue was assessed with zonal T2-mapping. Twelve months after MACT, the mean T2 values in cartilage surrounding the repair tissue were significantly higher than in the normal cartilage, and significantly lower than in the repair tissue zone (both p<0.001). Two years after the procedure, no significant differences between the regional T2 values could be observed. The results indicate that cartilage surrounding the transplant shows early degenerative changes one year after MACT. If this degeneration predates the MACT, cartilage transplantation may have a positive influence on the adjacent cartilage.

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