Patella Fracture

  • Bryan Tompkins
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A 14-year-old female sustained a distal medial pole patella fracture after a direct blow to her knee while playing basketball. This required open reduction and internal fixation to provide restoration of the articular surface. The patella subsequently healed without issue but a concomitant injury to the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) resulted in chronic patellar maltracking requiring operative reconstruction of the medial patellar stabilizers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenSpokaneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric D. Shirley
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric Orthopaedic AssociatesAltantaUSA

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