Patella fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

Presentation

Fall. Unable to weight bear.

Patient Data

Age: 81
Gender: Female
X-ray

Knee

Vertical fracture through the patella. Knee joint effusion. 

CT

Knee

Undisplaced, longitudinal sagittal comminuted fracture through the patella extending to the lateral articular facet, without a step or articular gap. Moderate-sized joint effusion. No tibial or femoral fracture identified. Small calcific focus medial to the knee joint may represent calcification within medial collateral ligament or represent old trauma.

Background mild degenerative change

 

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Case information

rID: 28103
Case created: 10th Mar 2014
Last edited: 5th Sep 2015
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