Bipartite patella

Case contributed by Dr Fakhry Mahmoud Ebouda


No history of trauma, asymptomatic.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

The patella is seen as two components separated by dense corticated line.


The line that seen separating the two patellar components appears corticated and dense denoting bipartite patella.

Case Discussion

A bipartite patella, means the presence of an accessory ossific center seen here at the lateral pole. Bipartite means split into two parts. It is discovered incidentally in asymptomatic individuals and occurs bilaterally in about 43% of the cases. It is may be confused radiologically with a patella fracture, which is a differential diagnosis.


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Case information

rID: 31854
Published: 1st Nov 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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