Osteochondritis dissecans of the talar head: natural history and review of literature

J Pediatr Orthop B. 2012 Jul;21(4):373-6. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e328346c076.


Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the talar dome is relatively common, however, OCD of the talar head is extremely rare. We present two cases of OCDs of the talar head. This report describes the natural history of this rare condition and its evolution until skeletal maturity. The literature of OCD in this unusual location is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Joint / pathology*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bed Rest
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fracture Fixation / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / pathology*
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / rehabilitation
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / therapy
  • Recovery of Function
  • Talus / pathology*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents