Ossification centers of the knee

Assoc Prof Craig Hacking and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Ossification centers 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 centers 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
Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 24707
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Knee ossification centres

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: tibia ossification centers (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 2: fibula ossification centers (Gray's illustration)
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