Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 36, Issue 11, pp 1163–1170 | Cite as

MRI of traumatic patellar dislocation in children

  • Ali ZaidiEmail author
  • Paul Babyn
  • Ivan Astori
  • Lawrence White
  • Andrea Doria
  • William Cole
Original Article



Traumatic patellar dislocations (TPD) are common injuries in children, and MRI is useful in evaluation of pediatric musculoskeletal injuries. However, no pediatric studies on the MR features of TPD have been reported.


To review the injuries after TPD in children.

Materials and methods

Patients with clinical or radiological recognition of TPD and those with suggestive MR findings were selected. Bone, cartilage and soft-tissue injuries and patellofemoral relationships were assessed.


A total of 26 patients (age range 10–18 years) were identified. The following injuries were seen: bone bruising of the inferomedial patella (81% of patients) and the lateral femoral condyle (81% of patients), cartilage injuries of the inferomedial patella (38% of patients) and the lateral femoral condyle (38% of patients), osteochondral fragments (42% of patients) and injuries of the medial patellar restraints (81% of patients).


Pediatric manifestations of TPD seen on MRI are similar to those in adults. TPD is often occult in children. Early recognition of bone bruising of the patella and lateral femoral condyle, associated osteochondral injuries, and medial patellar stabilizer injury is important for timely diagnosis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Zaidi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul Babyn
    • 2
  • Ivan Astori
    • 3
  • Lawrence White
    • 4
  • Andrea Doria
    • 2
  • William Cole
    • 5
  1. 1.Diagnostic ImagingThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Diagnostic ImagingThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Paediatric Orthopaedic SurgeryMater Children’s HospitalBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Diagnostic Imaging, Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health NetworkUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Orthopaedic SurgeryThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada

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