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Is it possible to just not have an acl?

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Dr. Afraz Adam
Urgent Care

In brief: Extremely rare

Very few cases have ever been identified of patients born without an ACL.
It is more common to have an ACL removed after a traumatic incident - some of these patients have continued playing competitive sports with ACL focusing on strengthening the other supporting muscles and ligaments instead to stabilise the knee

In brief: Extremely rare

Very few cases have ever been identified of patients born without an ACL.
It is more common to have an ACL removed after a traumatic incident - some of these patients have continued playing competitive sports with ACL focusing on strengthening the other supporting muscles and ligaments instead to stabilise the knee
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Rare

It is possible but this would be a congenital abnormality and very rare.

In brief: Rare

It is possible but this would be a congenital abnormality and very rare.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Agenesis or congenital absence of the ACL has been described in patients who are born without an acl.
It is rare and may be associated with absence of a meniscus, limb length discrepancy. Typically the patients have symptomatic instability causing them to seek care, which usually requires surgical ACL reconstruction.

In brief: Yes

Agenesis or congenital absence of the ACL has been described in patients who are born without an acl.
It is rare and may be associated with absence of a meniscus, limb length discrepancy. Typically the patients have symptomatic instability causing them to seek care, which usually requires surgical ACL reconstruction.
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