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Associations of body mass index with meniscal tears.

Authors
Ford-GM; Hegmann-KT; White-GL Jr.; Holmes-EB
Source
Am J Prev Med 2005 May; 28(4):364-368
NIOSHTIC No.
20037330
Abstract
Meniscal tears are common knee injuries, with limited reported data on associated factors, let alone risk factors. The objective of this study was to determine whether associations exist between increasing obesity and meniscal tears leading to surgery. Methods: We performed frequency-matched case-control studies using surgical case data for years 1996 to 2000 from administrative databases of two large Utah hospitals; each case was matched with three controls from a large cancer screening trial. Meniscal tear cases (262 male and 282 female) were determined by surgical procedures. Inclusion criteria were age (50 to 79) and body mass index (BMI) (17.00 to 54.99 kg/m2). Gender-specific, age-adjusted odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated for BMI categories from <20.00 to >/= 40.00. The referent BMI category was 20.00 to 22.49. Results: Age-adjusted odds ratios for likelihood of meniscal surgery among those with a BMI of >/= 40.00 were 15.0 (95% CI=3.8-59.0) for men, and 25.1 (95% CI=10.3-60.8) for women. All odds ratios for men and women with BMIs of >/= 27.50 and >/= 25.00, respectively, were statistically significantly elevated. Conclusions: Significant associations were demonstrated between increasing BMI and meniscal surgeries in both genders, including obese and overweight adults.
Keywords
Muscle-tissue; Muscles; Muscular-atrophy; Muscular-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Knee-injuries; Men; Women; Demographic-characteristics; Body-weight; Statistical-analysis
Contact
Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH, The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, 391 Chipeta Way, Suite C, Salt Lake City UT 84108
CODEN
AJPMEA
Publication Date
20050501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
khegmann@dfpm.utah.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-CCT-810426
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0749-3797
Source Name
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
State
UT
Performing Organization
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
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