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Loose bodies are fragments of bone and/or cartilage that freely float in the joint space. They may occur single or in groups and typically affect only one joint. It can be knee, hip elbow or other joints in the body. In other words, loose bodies are another name for free floating pieces of debris in the joint. They are tissues that have torn away from their original location and move around the joint causing pain, swelling and locking.
Normally loose bodies are classified either stable or unstable;
Stable- these loose bodies are rigid and in fixed place .stable loose bodies can be controlled the patient.
Unstable- Unstable loose bodies are those floating freely around the joints and gradually this symptom leads to the removal of the loose body.
Loose bodies are of three different kinds:
Cartilaginous: Cartilagenous joints are joints where the surfaces of the bones forming the joints are attached to each other by means of white fibrocartilaginous discs and ligaments which allow only a degree of movement, but less than the highly mobile synovial joint.
Fibrinous: loose bodies result from bleeding within the joint or from the death of the tissue lining of joints (synovial membrane) associated with tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteocartilaginous: Osteocartilaginous loose bodies are fragments of cartilage and bone caused by fractures, bone and cartilage inflammation.
These are normally removed arthroscopically, with a keyhole size camera to help the surgeon. Once the loose bodies in the bones are located, the surgeon will use an instrument called a "grasper" to retrieve and remove floating tissue.
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Authored by Dr.Thadi Mohan