Posterior cruciate ligament

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Ligament: Posterior cruciate ligament
Knee diagram.png
Diagram of the knee
Latin ligamentum cruciatum posterius genus
Gray's subject #93 342
From posterior intercondylar area of the tibia
To medial condyle of the femur
MeSH A02.513.514.600
Dorlands/Elsevier l_09/12492130

The posterior cruciate ligament (or PCL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. It connects the posterior intercondylar area of the tibia to the medial condyle of the femur. This configuration allows the PCL to resist forces pushing the tibia posteriorly relative to the femur.


The posterior drawer test is used by doctors to detect injury to the PCL.

The posterior cruciate ligament is a section of the patellar tendon joining medially to the lateral quadriceps femoris.

Surgery to repair the Posterior Cruciate ligament is controversial due to its placement and technical difficulty.[1]

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  1. Jonathan Cluett, M.D. (2003-08-05). Injuries to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Retrieved on 2006-11-11.

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