Anterior tibial translocation sign

The anterior tibial translocation sign or anterior drawer sign (a.k.a. anterior translation of tibia) is seen in cases of complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and refers to anterior translocation (anterior tibial subluxation) of the tibia relative to the femur of >7 mm 1. It measured on sagittal MRI sequences at the lateral femoral condyle. 

Knee pathology

The knee is a complex synovial joint that can be affected by a range of pathologies:

Article information

rID: 12491
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Anterior tibial translation
  • Anterior translation of tibia
  • Anterior subluxation of the tibia
  • Anterior drawer sign

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: with complete ACL tear
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  • Case 2
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