The Outerbridge classification is a grading system for joint cartilage breakdown.
- Grade 0 - normal
- Grade I - cartilage with softening and swelling
- Grade II - a partial-thickness defect with fissures on the surface that do not reach subchondral bone or exceed 1.5 cm in diameter
- Grade III - fissuring to the level of subchondral bone in an area with a diameter more than 1.5 cm
- Grade IV - exposed subchondral bone
Subchondral bone is the bone underneath the white joint cartilage.
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