Anterior tibial translocation sign

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 31 Aug 2021

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 is measured on sagittal MRI sequences at the lateral femoral condyle. 

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: with complete ACL tear
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