The Faroese Knee Cohort

​An investigation of etiology and long-term implications of trochlear dysplasia and patellar dislocations.

Primary investigator

Niclas Højgaard Eysturoy (1)

Senior Researcher

Kristoffer Weisskirchner Barfod (2)

Study members

Elinborg S. Mortensen (1)
Noomi Gregersen (3)


1 The National Hospital of the Faroe Island, surgical department.
2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital, Amager-Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark
2 Chief of operations, Faroe Genome Project, FarGen

About the study/project

This is a prospective national cohort study including the whole Faroese population aged 15 – 25 years. People will be invited to participate in the study if they experience trouble from the anterior part of the knee. They will then be screened for trochlear dysplasia by true lateral x-ray and bilateral MRI-scanning of the knees. Peoples phenotype will be assessed at baseline by a variety of clinical and radiological measurements and their function will be assessed by a range of patient reported outcomes.

Purpose of the study/project

The study has a short term and a long term overall objective. In the short term, the objective is to investigate the epidemiology of trochlear dysplasia with special focus on risk factors, familiar association and genetic influence in a nationwide cohort at the Faroes Islands. In the long term the objective is to investigate the influence of trochlear dysplasia on patient reported function, quality of life and development of osteoarthritis over a 20 year span.

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