Acute and chronic patella dislocations. Therapeutic strategies in Danish orthopedic departments.

Johannsen HG, Gad D, Heidemann ED. Ugeskr Laeger 2000 Aug 21;162(34):4523-5.

In review of the literature there is no standard treatment of acute- as well as recurrent dislocation of the patella. Most investigations are retrospective or not randomised. Approximately 1500 patients/year with the diagnosis luxatio patellae are seen in Danish hospitals.

Using a questionnaire we wished to find out how these patients were treated in Danish orthopaedic departments.

We found that there was no consensus on the treatment of patellar dislocation.

We concluded that there is a need for prospective randomised studies involving a large number of patients, with a long follow up time.