Allograft safety in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Clin Sports Med. 2007 Oct;26(4):597-605. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2007.06.003.


Allograft tissue seems to provide an excellent option for reconstruction of the ACL in the primary and revision setting. Although in general the risks of using allograft tissue in ACL reconstruction are low, the consequences of complications associated with disease or infection transmission or of recurrent instability secondary to graft failure are large. Surgeons should provide patients with the information available regarding allograft risks and should have thorough knowledge of the source and preparation of the grafts by their tissue bank before implantation for ACL reconstruction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / surgery*
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Humans
  • Infection Control*
  • Infections / transmission
  • Tendons / transplantation*
  • Tissue Transplantation / standards
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Transplants / microbiology
  • Transplants / virology