Osteochondritis dissecans

Osteochondritis dissecans
A condition in which a fragment of bone in a joint is deprived of blood and separates from the rest of the bone, causing soreness and making the joint “give way”. Diagnosis is by X-ray. Treatment is usually by casting, although if the fragment has detached completely, arthroscopic surgery may be

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osteochondritis dis·se·cans -'dis-ə-.kanz n partial or complete detachment of a fragment of bone and cartilage at a joint

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separation of a small fragment (or fragments) of bone and cartilage from the surface of a joint, most frequently the knee, with resulting pain, swelling, and limitation of movement. If the condition persists, the fragment can be reattached or removed via an arthrotomy or through an arthroscope.

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osteochondritis with splitting of pieces of cartilage into the joint, particularly in the knee joint or shoulder joint.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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