Hong Kong Med J 2012;18:530–2 | Number 6, December 2012
Simultaneous bilateral patellar tendon avulsion in an adolescent
PK Yee, KC Poon, SY Chiu
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
A 13-year-old boy sustained an injury to both knees upon landing after a forceful jump in a soccer game. Plain radiography and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated bilateral distal patellar tendon avulsions without fracture of the tibial tuberosities and the physes. To our knowledge, this particular injury has not been previously described in the literature. Open surgeries and internal fixation were performed with excellent functional outcome. This type of injury was similar to the well-recognised acute tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture in terms of the pathogenesis and treatment. We propose a further subtype of this injury pattern.
Key words: Athletic injuries; Fractures, comminuted; Tibial fractures
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