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Year : 1981  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-37

Osgood-Schlatter Disease



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A painful, tender and disabling swelling about the tibial tubercle in adolescence is characteristic of Osgood-Schlatter disease. The earliest record of traction epiphysitis is of a middle aged male, dated ninth to tenth century A.D. on the archeological evidence found in the late saxon burial ground of St. Catherine, Thorpe, England (Wells 1968). In 1903 Osgood in the United States and Schlatter in Germany reported this condition for the first time. Woolfrey and Chandler (1960) and King 1935) suggested the following causes from the literature; trauma to the tuberosity with fracture, trauma to the tuberosity with aseptic necrosis, trauma to the tuberosity with inflammation, localized infection in the tuberosity, arterial embolism, rickets, toxic changes, endocrine abnormalities, developmental changes and traumatic changes in the lower part of the patellar tendon. The large causative factors indicate disputed etiology. In comparison to the plains a higher incidence of this condition in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh prompted us to report our observations.


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