Ossification centres of the knee

Dr Aditya Shetty and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Ossification centres of the knee vary from reference to reference, but an approximation is listed below. 

Distal femur
  • femoral shaft: 8 weeks in utero
  • distal femur: 3-6 months
Patella
  • between 1-3 ossification centres appear at 3-5 years
Proximal tibia
  • tibial shaft: 7 weeks in utero
  • tibial plateau: 9 months in utero (i.e. usually present at birth)
  • tibial tuberosity: 10-12 years
Proximal fibula
  • fibula shaft: 8 weeks in utero
  • fibular head: 2-4 years
Lower limb anatomy
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rID: 24707
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Knee ossification centres

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