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July 26, 1884

REPORT OF A CASE OF FLOATING CARTILAGE IN THE KNEE JOINT.

JAMA. 1884;III(4):111. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390530027015

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Abstract

Mechanicsville, Iowa, June 30, 1884.

M. F. L., 19 years of age, consulted me last September (15) for some "knee joint trouble," giving a history of a fall some six months previous, with injury to the knee, which gave but little trouble at the time. Some three months after the accident, he was suddenly taken with pain and loss of motion, suffering several weeks before relieved. This occurred some three times before he came to consult me. The diagnosis was easily made, as the cartilage could be felt.

I decided to operate for its removal. Æther; antiseptic precautions except spray. Apply bloodless bandage, pressing the cartilage far up the external border of the tendon quadriceps, and securing it in position by very elastic fine rubber tubing. Flexing the knee, I made a valvular incision down upon the upper border of the cartilage.

Opening the sac, the cartilage passed out into

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