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Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the elbow is an increasingly diagnosed condition in which a portion of articular cartilage, together with a layer of bone, becomes damaged. Osteo- refers to bone, chondro- refers to cartilage, and -itis describes inflammation. With OCD, the affected area of bone loses its blood supply. That portion of bone then dies, cracking and eventually breaking away from the main part of the bone. The fragment or fragments of bone and cartilage may then become stuck within the elbow joint, causing the more severe symptoms associated with this condition. Although OCD can occur in other joints of the body, this condition most commonly affects the elbow or knee.

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