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Is tibiofemoral osteoarthritis in the knee joint a new disease?
  1. J Rogers,
  2. P Dieppe
  1. Bristol University Department of Medicine (Rheumatology Unit), Bristol Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom.


    OBJECTIVES--To compare the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip, tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joints in a skeletal population. METHODS--A total of 785 adult English skeletons (695 Saxon or Mediaeval origin) were examined for OA using established criteria. RESULTS--Twenty nine skeletons had hip OA, compared with 14 with patellofemoral joint OA, and only four tibiofemoral joint OA. CONCLUSION--Tibiofemoral OA was far less prevalent in ancient skeletons than hip or patellofemoral disease. Tibiofemoral OA may be a 'new' disease.

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