Tibial plateau fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

Presentation

Jumped off a wall. Sore right knee. Able to weight bear.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male
X-ray

Large lipohaemarthrosis. No definite fracture is seen.

CT

Small impacted fracture of the posterolateral tibial plateau with lipohaemarthrosis.

Case Discussion

Lipohaemarthrosis is a specific but not sensitive indicator of intra-articular fracture of the knee. The presence of one should always prompt a thorough search for a fracture.

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Case information

rID: 40831
Case created: 4th Nov 2015
Last edited: 2nd Aug 2016
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