Category: Airway Management
Keywords: Patella, Fracture (PubMed Search)
Patella fractures are typically due to direct trauma as in a fall or direct blow to the knee.
Fractures may be missed on the AP view or misdiagnosed as a bipartate fracture. To avoid these pitfalls look closely at the lateral view and consider getting a sunrise view of the knee (better visualizes the patella). Finally, unilateral bipartate patella are very rare so consider an x-ray of the contralateral knee if you are considering this as your diagnosis.
Surgery should be considered for: