Tibial tuberosity fracture

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Background

  • Due to contraction of quadriceps against fixed leg

Types

  • Type I
    • Fracture through the small distal portion of the tibial tuberosity
  • Type II
    • Occur after coalescence of secondary ossification centers of tuberosity to the metaphysis
  • Type III
    • Splits epiphysis of the tuberosity from the epiphysis of the proximal tibia
    • At risk for compartment syndrome

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Pediatric Tibial Fractures

Evaluation

Management

General Fracture Management

Specific Management

  • Types I and II
    • Immobilization
  • Displaced type II and type III
    • Immediate ortho consult

Disposition

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