Treatment of ACL Tears in the Skeletally Immature Patient

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The understanding and treatment of anterior cruciate ligament tears in skeletally immature patients continues to evolve. While conservative management was a mainstay of treatment, poor outcomes have led to several surgical techniques aimed at stabilizing the knee, optimizing outcome, and minimizing the chance of growth disturbance. Current techniques have, in large part, accomplished these goals but challenges remain. Looking to the future, different graft options, primary repair techniques, and rigorous prospective studies will help improve outcomes for this challenging patient population.

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