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Quantitative and qualitative MR-imaging assessment of vastus medialis muscle volume loss in asymptomatic patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction


Marcon, Magda; Ciritsis, Bernhard; Laux, Christoph; Nanz, Daniel; Fischer, Michael A; Andreisek, Gustav; Ulbrich, Erika J (2015). Quantitative and qualitative MR-imaging assessment of vastus medialis muscle volume loss in asymptomatic patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (JMRI), 42(2):515-525.

Abstract

Background: To quantitatively and qualitatively assess vastus medialis muscle atrophy in asymptomatic patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, using the nonoperated leg as control. Methods: Prospective Institutional Review Board approved study with written informed patient consent. Thirty-three asymptomatic patients (men, 21; women,12) with ACL-reconstruction underwent MR imaging of both legs (axial T1-weighted spin-echo and 3D spoiled dual gradient-echo sequences). Muscle volume and average fat-signal fraction (FSF) of the vastus medialis muscles were measured. Additionally, Goutallier classification was used to classify fatty muscle degeneration. Significant side differences were evaluated using the Wilcoxon test and, between volumes and FSF, using student t-tests with P-value < 0.05 and < 0.025, respectively. Results: The muscle volume was significantly smaller in the operated (mean ± SD, 430.6 ± 119.6 cm(3) ; range, 197.3 to 641.7 cm(3) ) than in the nonoperated leg (479.5 ± 124.8 cm(3) ; 261.4 to 658.9 cm(3) ) (P < 0.001). Corresponding FSF was 6.3 ± 1.5% (3.9 to 9.2%) and 5.8 ± 0.9% (4.0 to 7.4%), respectively, with a nonsignificant (P > 0.025) difference. The relative muscle-volume and FSF differences were -10.1 ± 8.6% (7.1 to -30.1%) and 10.9 ± 29.4% (39.7 to 40.1%). The qualitative assessment revealed no significant differences (P > 0.1). Conclusion: A significant muscle volume loss of the vastus medialis muscle does exist in asymptomatic patients with ACL-reconstruction, but without fatty degeneration.

Abstract

Background: To quantitatively and qualitatively assess vastus medialis muscle atrophy in asymptomatic patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, using the nonoperated leg as control. Methods: Prospective Institutional Review Board approved study with written informed patient consent. Thirty-three asymptomatic patients (men, 21; women,12) with ACL-reconstruction underwent MR imaging of both legs (axial T1-weighted spin-echo and 3D spoiled dual gradient-echo sequences). Muscle volume and average fat-signal fraction (FSF) of the vastus medialis muscles were measured. Additionally, Goutallier classification was used to classify fatty muscle degeneration. Significant side differences were evaluated using the Wilcoxon test and, between volumes and FSF, using student t-tests with P-value < 0.05 and < 0.025, respectively. Results: The muscle volume was significantly smaller in the operated (mean ± SD, 430.6 ± 119.6 cm(3) ; range, 197.3 to 641.7 cm(3) ) than in the nonoperated leg (479.5 ± 124.8 cm(3) ; 261.4 to 658.9 cm(3) ) (P < 0.001). Corresponding FSF was 6.3 ± 1.5% (3.9 to 9.2%) and 5.8 ± 0.9% (4.0 to 7.4%), respectively, with a nonsignificant (P > 0.025) difference. The relative muscle-volume and FSF differences were -10.1 ± 8.6% (7.1 to -30.1%) and 10.9 ± 29.4% (39.7 to 40.1%). The qualitative assessment revealed no significant differences (P > 0.1). Conclusion: A significant muscle volume loss of the vastus medialis muscle does exist in asymptomatic patients with ACL-reconstruction, but without fatty degeneration.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Trauma Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 14:31
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:35
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1053-1807
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/jmri.24777
PubMed ID:25446958

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