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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

Picture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be seen in this front view of the left knee joint.

The ACL links the upper leg bone (femur) with one of the lower leg bones (tibia) by running crosswise inside the center of the knee joint. The ACL helps stabilize the knee.

By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Freddie H. Fu, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Last Revised April 5, 2012

Last Revised: April 5, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Freddie H. Fu, MD - Orthopedic Surgery

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