Patellar Sleeve Fracture

  • Dennis Kramer
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A 10-year-old male sustained a left patellar sleeve fracture after sustaining a direct blow to a flexed knee. He was taken to the operating room for open reduction internal fixation using a suture through bone technique for the sleeve fracture and associated repair of a torn medial and lateral retinaculum. Postoperatively he was placed into a cylinder cast for 4 weeks prior to starting physical therapy for knee range of motion and strengthening. The fracture healed over a 6-week period and the patient returned to full activity without complication.

References and Suggested Reading

  1. Gupta RR, Johnson AM, Moroz L, Wells L (2006) Patellar sleeve fractures in children: a case report and review of the literature. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 35(7):336–338. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 16927661Google Scholar
  2. Hunt DM, Somashekar N (2005) A review of sleeve fractures of the patella in children. Knee 12(1):3–7. ReviewCrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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

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