The medial patellofemoral ligament revisited: an anatomical study.


Journal Article

The purpose of this study was to provide a comprehensive description of the anatomy of the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL). The anterior and medial aspects of 4 unpreserved and 16 preserved cadaveric human knees were dissected with particular attention being paid to the relationship of the various layers to one another and to the place of the MPFL within these layers. We confirmed that the MPFL is a distinct structure lying within layer II. Its bulk varies considerably between individuals but not from side to side in a given individual. The visualisation, attachments, and gross morphology of the ligament are described. The attachments of the MPFL and the orientation of its fibres suggest that it may have a role in limiting lateral excursion of the patella. The common attachment of the tendon of the vastus medialis muscle and the ligament to the superomedial patella suggests that there may be a dynamic element to such a stabilising function.

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Cited Authors

  • Feller, JA; Feagin, JA; Garrett, WE

Published Date

  • 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 1 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 184 - 186

PubMed ID

  • 8536025

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8536025

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0942-2056

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/bf01560202


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany