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Where's It Been Hiding? New Knee Ligament Found — Physician’s First Watch

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November 6, 2013

Where's It Been Hiding? New Knee Ligament Found

By Joe Elia

First-year med students, despair. There's a new body part — a ligament on the anterolateral aspect of the human knee. It's called, plainly enough in the Journal of Anatomy, the anterolateral ligament.

Its origin is "at the prominence of the lateral femoral epicondyle, slightly anterior to the origin of the lateral collateral ligament." It acts, the authors speculate, "to control internal tibial rotation and thus to affect the pivot shift phenomenon."

(The structure is so well hidden that its debut online in August escaped our notice.)

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Mary Butns RN,BS Other Healthcare Professional, Pulmonary Medicine, CDCRC @ Harbor-uncla

Many patients I deal with have knee problems limiting their exercise capabilities.

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