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Posted by: Ann | 2004/10/18

X-Ray analysis after MVA

My daughter was hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing. The X-ray report that was done at hospital of the left knee said : "No Fracturing identified. No avulsion. There is an artefact projecting into the intercondylar tunnel." Comment - The films are within normal limits. Please interpret "an artefact projecting into the intercondylar tunnel". Is this dangerous? Please advise as she is at university a distance from home.

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The intercondylar tunnel is essentially the space between the two condyles of the femur (the large bone in your upper leg). In this area, you have fluid and ligaments between the bones that help cushion for impact and weight as well as provide nutrients and stability to the tissues and joint. An artefact is a piece of tissue, not part of the bone they were x-raying, that is floating or projecting into that area. The radiologist commented that the films were within normal limits and therefore felt that the artefact was no cause for concern or dangerous in any way. However, if any discomfort is still felt in the area or you are still not satisfied with the diagnosis, then it is suggested that an orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in knees, be consulted for his opinion on the x rays.

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