Lateral tibial plateau fracture

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Lateral knee pain following a collision with a dog.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Depressed fracture of the lateral tibial plateau.

X-ray

Small lipohemarthrosis.

Case Discussion

The tibial plateau fracture (fender bender fracture) is an important "do not miss" pathology. The ramifications of missing this important fracture can be profound. It is common for CT to be performed to review the extent of the fracture prior to surgery. Tibial plateau fractures are classified using the Schatzker classification.

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