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LCL, PCL, ACL injury knee

Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury of the knee can be caused by a varus stress, twisting of the knee when weight-bearing or repeated stress of LCL. Along with the LCL, PCL, ACL, injuries are possible.

Anatomy

The LCL is a strong connection between the lateral epicondyle of the femur (thigh bone) and the head of the fibula. It prevents various stress on the knee and tibial external rotation and thus a stabilizer of the knee.

Symptoms of combined LCL, PCL, ACL

It is usually associated with the dislocation of knee joint.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inability to walk
  • Sometimes with vascular injury
Causes of combined LCL, PCL, ACL
  • Road traffic accidents
Treatment
  • Arthroscopic PCL and open LCL reconstruction. BPT – Bone patella tendon for PCL and Hamstring if intact and available can be used for LCL reconstruction.
  • If BPT and Hamstring are lost, other leg Hamstring can be used. If not Allograft can be used to reconstruct PCL, LCL.