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There is a comminuted patella fracture, with associated proximal retraction of the proximal fragment.
The patella is a large sesamoid bone, having a significant role in the biomechanics of the lower limb. Fractures of the patella make up 1% of skeletal injuries 1, the most prevalent mechanism of injury is a direct impact. Most cases will require surgical intervention, yet stable non-displaced fractures may be considered for conservative management 2.
- 1.Gwinner C, Märdian S, Schwabe P et-al. Current concepts review: Fractures of the patella. GMS Interdiscip Plast Reconstr Surg DGPW. 2016;5: Doc01. doi:10.3205/iprs000080 - Free text at pubmed - Pubmed citation
- 2. Braun W, Wiedemann M, Rüter A et-al. Indications and results of nonoperative treatment of patellar fractures. Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res. 1993; (289): 197-201. Pubmed citation