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Abnormal softening or degeneration of cartilage of the joints, especially of the knee.

[chondro- + Greek malakiā, softness (from malakos, soft; see mel- in Indo-European roots).]
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n. condromalacia, reblandecimiento anormal de los cartílagos.
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Some of these patients may have already had a partial medial meniscectomy in their 20s, so this is their second knee scope, and now their diagnosis is a torn meniscus, which is trimmed back to healthy tissue and early arthritis called chondromalacia. The cartilage is worn and thinned but not yet down to bare bone.
achondroplasia, chondromalacia and chondrocyte (Panourias et al., 2011).
Magnetic resonance imaging scans were also reviewed to detect the absence or presence of chondromalacia patellae.
Diagnoses in this category included specific overuse injuries (ie, iliotibial band syndrome (leg), patellar tendinitis (knee), chondromalacia (knee), and plantar fascial fibromatosis (foot), but the largest portion (>90%) were for nonspecific pain syndromes to specific anatomical sites such as "pain in knee," pain in back," etc.
Chondromalacia patella is a disease of the deep layers of the cartilage holding external layers only in the late period.
(2) A high incidence of chondromalacia patellae among ballet dancers is substantiated and known to be related to the use of plie.
Outerbridge, "The etiology of chondromalacia patellae," Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, vol.
However, excessive patellofemoral forces may contribute to knee injuries such as chondromalacia and KOA itself.
Chondromalacia patellae is common in sports enthusiasts, most of whom has a history of trauma.
Outerbridge, "The etiology of chondromalacia patellae," Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, vol.
Injuries associated with this type of step include patellar chondromalacia, posterior tibial syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and trochanteric bursitis (41).