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Bone & Joint Research
Vol. 3, Issue 5 | Pages 139 - 145
1 May 2014
Islam K Dobbe A Komeili A Duke K El-Rich M Dhillon S Adeeb S Jomha NM


The main object of this study was to use a geometric morphometric approach to quantify the left-right symmetry of talus bones.


Analysis was carried out using CT scan images of 11 pairs of intact tali. Two important geometric parameters, volume and surface area, were quantified for left and right talus bones. The geometric shape variations between the right and left talus bones were also measured using deviation analysis. Furthermore, location of asymmetry in the geometric shapes were identified.


Numerical results showed that talus bones are bilaterally symmetrical in nature, and the difference between the surface area of the left and right talus bones was less than 7.5%. Similarly, the difference in the volume of both bones was less than 7.5%. Results of the three-dimensional (3D) deviation analyses demonstrated the mean deviation between left and right talus bones were in the range of -0.74 mm to 0.62 mm. It was observed that in eight of 11 subjects, the deviation in symmetry occurred in regions that are clinically less important during talus surgery.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 81-B, Issue 5 | Pages 775 - 779
1 Sep 1999
Jomha NM Pinczewski LA Clingeleffer A Otto DD

Deficiency of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common disorder which can lead to changes in lifestyle. We followed 59 patients who had had arthroscopic reconstruction of the ACL using a central-third patellar-tendon autograft for seven years to assess the long-term effectiveness of recent advances in reconstruction of the ACL. The standard criteria for evaluation of the International Knee Documentation Committee, the Lysholm knee score and measurements using the KT 1000 arthrometer all showed satisfactory results. Deterioration in the clinical performance after seven years was associated with osteoarthritic changes and correlated with chronic ligament injuries and meniscectomy. There were three traumatic and three spontaneous ruptures.

We believe that the procedure can be successful, but remain concerned about failure of the graft and osteoarthritis. The results raise questions about the best time to operate and suggest that early surgery may reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 80-B, Issue 5 | Pages 781 - 784
1 Sep 1998
Borton DC Lucas P Jomha NM Cross MJ Slater K

Rupture of the tendons of both peroneus longus and peroneus brevis results in considerable disability. We have performed transfer of flexor digitorum longus (FDL) to peroneus brevis in two patients with lateral instability of the hindfoot due to chronic transverse tears of both tendons for which end-to-end repair was not possible. Both patients had excellent function when reviewed after eight and six years, respectively, with no symptoms. CT showed a normal appearance of the FDL in both patients, but the peroneal muscles looked abnormal. Transfer of the FDL provides a reliable solution to lateral instability of the hindfoot resulting from loss of function of both peronei.