Multipartite patella

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad

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Presentation following fall. Pain to knee.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male
X-ray

Several bony fragments which are seen at superolateral and inferior of patella.

Annotated image

Multipartite patella

Case Discussion

Multipartite patellae are developmental normal variants that occurs because of failure of the ossification centres to fuse during development. The resulting patella is usually asymptomatic and has a number of bony fragments situated superolaterally. It is important that these are not erroneously described as patella fractures.

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Case information

rID: 20877
Case created: 18th Dec 2012
Last edited: 7th Feb 2016
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