Osteochondritis Dissecans | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets osteochondritis dissecans?

Anyone can get osteochondritis dissecans, but it happens more often in boys and young men 10 to 20 years of age who are very active. Osteochondritis dissecans is being diagnosed more often in girls as they become more active in sports. It affects athletes, especially gymnasts and baseball players. The adult form occurs in mature bone, and the juvenile form occurs in growing bone.


Osteochondritis Dissecans: A Diagnosis Not to Miss by AL Hixon, M.D. and LM Gibbs, M.D. (American Family Physician January 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000101/151.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00