Knee Dislocation

Part of the European Instructional Lectures book series (EICL, volume 14)


Knee dislocation is a devastating injury that necessitates a prompt diagnosis. Considering the final position of the tibia with respect to the femur, the dislocation can be classified as anterior, posterior, medial, lateral or rotatory. Reduction must be rapidly performed if necessary. Vascular and neurological status must also be repetitively evaluated. Emergency repair of any vascular injury has to be performed. In general, surgical repair of all ligamentous lesions is recommended in the “therapeutic window” between 10 and 20 days. Proper treatment leads to 80 % good to excellent results.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Posterior Cruciate Ligament Flexion Angle Medial Collateral Ligament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre de médecine de l’appareil locomoteur et du sport - HUG Service de chirurgie orthopédique et traumatologie de l’appareil moteur, Unité d’Orthopédie et Traumatologie du Sport (UOTS)University Hospital of Geneva, Faculty of MedicineGeneve 14Switzerland

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