Tibial plateau fracture - Schatzker type I

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Presentation

Right knee trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female
CT

CT Right knee

Coronal CT image shows mild depression of the tibial plateau, a finding consistent with a type I fracture. 

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: 27th Apr 2018
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