International Orthopaedics

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 183–187

The floating knee. 40 cases of ipsilateral fractures of the femur and the tibia

  • V. P. Bansal
  • V. Singhal
  • M. K. Mam
  • S. S. Gill


“Floating knee” is the term used to describe simultaneous fractures of the femur and tibia in the same limb. Thirty nine patients, with 40 such injuries, are presented with a follow up interval of six months to five years. The final functional result was poor if the femoral fracture was situated in the condylar flare and the results were comparatively better in those cases treated by cast bracing or when the fracture of the femur was stabilised internally. In all cases the fracture of the tibia was treated conservatively.

Key words

Fractures Tibia Femur Ipsilateral 


Sous le terme de «genou flottant» les auteurs décrivent les fractures simultanées du fémur et du tibia au niveau du même membre. Ils présentent 40 lésions de ce type, chez 39 sujets, avec un recul compris entre six mois et cinq ans. Le résultat fonctionnel est médiocre lorsque le siège de la fracture du fémur est juxta-articulaire. Comparativement, les résultats sont meilleurs lorsque la fracture du fémur a été immobilisée dans une attelle plâtrée ou stabilisée par ostéosynthèse. Toutes les fractures du tibia ont été traitées orthopédiquement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. P. Bansal
    • 1
  • V. Singhal
    • 1
  • M. K. Mam
    • 1
  • S. S. Gill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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