Patellar fracture

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Knee pain post fall.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years

Knee radiograph

There is a transverse fracture through the patella with minimal displacement. Moderate amount of joint fluid noted within the suprapatellar recess. No other fractures seen. Minimal reduction of the medial compartment of the femorotibial joint, which is otherwise unremarkable.

Image intensifier during surgery

Kirschner wires (K-wires) after fixation of the mid-pole patella fracture.

Case Discussion

Transverse fracture of mid patella treated with tension band wiring. 

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Case information

rID: 53416
Published: 5th Jun 2017
Last edited: 20th Oct 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded