Patella fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Fall. Unable to weight bear.

Patient Data

Age: 81
Gender: Female


Vertical fracture through the patella. Knee joint effusion. 



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
Published: 10th Mar 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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