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Knee stability evaluation following double-bundle versus single-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Author(s): Tahmasebi MN | Enayati B | Enayati B

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 69;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 553;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Anterior cruciate ligament | anteromedial | double-bundle | graft | hamstring | posterolateral | reconstruction | single-bundle

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