KNEE ARTHRITIS - Autologous chondrocyte implantation (A.C.I.) :
ACI and arthritis??? - - Posted by blackbeltgirl (blackbeltgirl), 23 December 2004
Everything I've read from genzyme and other research, indicates that patients with osteoarthritis are not considered candidates for ACI. Yet almost everyone on this board who has had ACI seems to also have arthritis.
Can anyone tell me if there is new info that isn't published yet, or if there are just some doctors who think it's worth the risk?
Posted by Jules (Jules), 23 December 2004
Osteoarthritis/chondromalacia is the degeneration of cartilidge, and ACI is to restore new cartilidge from cell form primarily, therefore ACI is for sport injury causing the dengeneration or just abnormal wear and tear from an earlier age than the more expected age for osteoarthritis.
My local surgeon said that he didn't like the word osteoarthritis, as it is not specifically an arhtritis as such (not like rhumatoid arthritis), and he said that they are changing the textbooks to give a more accurate discription of this problem.
Chondromalacia is more specifically desribed for the condition. If that makes sense.
That the way I understand it to be any way.
Hope this helps.
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