Ann Rheum Dis 35:349-353 doi:10.1136/ard.35.4.349
  • Research Article

Clinical and radiological survey of the incidence of osteoarthrosis among obese patients.


Twenty-five grossly obese males were investigated for evidence of osteoarthrosis. A roentgenological survey of multiple joints obtained from 22 of these patients showed few significant degenerative changes. 6 patients (20%) had previously incurred traumatic rents in their menisci necessitating meniscectomy. Our results refute previous claims that obesity is a factor in the genesis of osteoarthrosis but do indicate that obese individuals are more predisposed to traumatic injury of the knee.