Keratoconus: a potential risk factor for osteoarthritis

This study was undertaken to compare the distal femoral cartilage thickness in patients with keratoconus (KC) with that of age- and sex-matched healthy controls, in order to identify a potential risk factor for early osteoarthritis in patients with KC and to allow initiation of early rehabilitation.MethodsThirty-six KC patients between 18 and 35 years of age and 36 healthy controls were included in this study. Keratometry readings (K1,K2), central corneal thickness (CCT), anterior chamber depth (ACD), iridocorneal angle (ICA), and corneal volumes (CV) were measured using a Sirius imaging system (Costruzioni Strumenti Oftalmici, Italy). Also, the distal femoral cartilage thickness (DFCT) was assessed bilaterally using ultrasound by the same physiatrist. Lateral femoral condyle (LFC), intercondylar area (ICA), medial femoral condyle (MFC), and body mass index (BMI) values were recorded.ResultsPatient and control groups were comparable in terms of age, gender, and BMI. On the other hand, patients with KC had a significant reduction in right LFC, MFC thickness and left ICA, MFC as compared to controls (p 
Source: International Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Source Type: research

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Source: European Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Ann Hepatol Source Type: research
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Source: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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Source: Chemical Engineering Research and Design - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
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Source: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: P R Health Sci J Source Type: research
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Source: The Ocular Surface - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Ocul Surf Source Type: research
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