Volume 4, 2018
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||23 May 2018|
Two cases of combined patellar tendon avulsion from the tibia and patella
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine,
2 Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 8 April 2018
Avulsion fractures of the inferior pole of the patella and proximal tibial apophysis are independently rare injuries. They occur in children due to the relative weakness of the apophyseal cartilage compared to the ligaments and tendons. The combination of these two fractures, is exceedingly rare, with only a few previously described cases in the literature. Due to the infrequent presentation of this injury, careful examination and consideration of advanced imaging is important for diagnosis and preoperative planning. Here we present two cases of combined sleeve fractures of the inferior pole of the patella and tibial apophysis, with discussion of the pathophysiology, classification, identification and management of the injury.
Key words: Knee injuries / bifocal avulsion / patella / patella tendon / tibial tuberosity
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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