Anterior subluxation of the lateral tibial plateau. A new clinical test and the morbidity of this type of knee instability

Arch Orthop Trauma Surg (1978). 1981;98(2):109-11. doi: 10.1007/BF00460797.


A new clinical test is presented for the diagnosis of anterolateral knee instability. The advantages of the test are obviation of apprehension- and muscle spasm avoiding false negative results and also the recognition by the patient of his sensation of "collapsing at the knee". This allows for differentiation between "giving away" due to a torn meniscus alone and concomitant anterolateral knee instability. It implies important consequences for prognosis and treatment of the knee problem of the athlete. Underlying pathology consists of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and primary or secondary stretching of the soft tissues at the lateral and posterolateral capsule. These lesions and a positive test for anterolateral knee instability does not inevitably result in a disability for sports activity. The dynamic muscular control protects the knee in many instances from collapsing at cross over cutting.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnosis*
  • Knee Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries
  • Rupture