Patella cubiti

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Patella cubiti is a very rare anomaly of the elbow, presenting as a sesamoid within the distal triceps brachii tendon. Its exact aetiology is unknown with congenital, developmental and post-traumatic theories postulated 1

May be asymptomatic or present with limitation of movement of the elbow 2

Plain radiograph
  • lateral elbow projection: has a similar appearance to the patella; well-corticated with smooth rounded edges with an otherwise normal elbow joint 1
  • non-union of an olecranon fracture
  • non-union of olecranon epiphysis has been documented in skeletally immature patients 4
Upper limb anatomy
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rID: 29706
Section: Anatomy
Tags: elbow, variant
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