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Tibial Tubercle Fracture Workup

  • Author: Kelvin Lau, BM, BCh, MA, MRCS, DPhil, FRCS(CTh); Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
Updated: Nov 17, 2014

Imaging Studies

Radiography of the knee is the main imaging study. Findings are diagnostic of the condition. The tibial tubercle is imaged on a lateral radiograph with the leg in slight internal rotation. Oblique views of the proximal tibia may help reveal the extent of the fracture. Radiographs of the contralateral knee may show evidence of Osgood-Schlatter disease.

Other forms of imaging are not performed routinely; they are requested as required if alternative diagnoses are being considered.


Laboratory Studies

Laboratory studies are not indicated unless other diagnoses are being evaluated. Preoperative investigations are requested as required.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Kelvin Lau, BM, BCh, MA, MRCS, DPhil, FRCS(CTh) Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery, St Bartholomew's Hospital, UK

Kelvin Lau, BM, BCh, MA, MRCS, DPhil, FRCS(CTh) is a member of the following medical societies: Royal College of Surgeons of England

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Manoj Ramachandran, MBBS, MRCS, FRCS Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts and the London NHS Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary's, University of London, UK

Manoj Ramachandran, MBBS, MRCS, FRCS is a member of the following medical societies: British Orthopaedic Association

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Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Chief Editor

Thomas M DeBerardino, MD Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Consulting Surgeon, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstruction of the Knee, Hip and Shoulder, Team Physician, Orthopedic Consultant to UConn Department of Athletics, University of Connecticut Health Center

Thomas M DeBerardino, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Disclosure: Serve(d) as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant or trustee for: Arthrex, Inc.; Ivy Sports Medicine; MTF; Aesculap; The Foundry, Cotera; ABMT<br/>Received research grant from: Histogenics; Cotera; Arthrex.

Additional Contributors

Robert D Bronstein, MD Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Division of Athletic Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine

Robert D Bronstein, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Medical Society of the State of New York

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The authors and editors of Medscape Drugs & Diseases gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous coauthor Dr Fergal Monsell to the development and writing of this article.

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