Tibial plateau fracture: Schatzker type I

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Right knee trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Female

CT Right knee

Coronal CT image shows no depression (> 4.0mm) of the tibial plateau, a finding consistent with a type I fracture. Split fracture of the lateral tibial plateau

Case Discussion

The Schatzker classification system for tibial plateau fractures is widely used by orthopedic surgeons to assess the initial injury, plan management, and predict prognosis. 

A Schatzker type I fracture is a wedge-shaped pure cleavage fracture of the lateral tibial plateau (less than 4 mm of depression or displacement). 

These fractures represent up to a quarter of all tibial plateau fractures and are more frequent in elderly patients due to osteopenia.

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Case information

rID: 19026
Published: 2nd Aug 2012
Last edited: 17th Feb 2017
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