Patellar tendon avulsion fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

Presentation

Knee pain post trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Male
X-ray

Patella alta. Bony fragments project anterior to the femur and may represent an avulsion fracture of the patellar ligament.  Soft tissue swelling anterior to the knee joint. No knee joint effusion. 

Case Discussion

The findings were confirmed surgically. Patellar avulsion fractures represent disruption of the extensor mechanism of the knee. 

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Case information

rID: 45367
Case created: 23rd May 2016
Last edited: 14th Apr 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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