Intercondylar Eminence Fractures Clinical Presentation

Updated: Jun 26, 2020
  • Author: Brett D Owens, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Presentation

History and Physical Examination

Patients with intercondylar eminence fractures present with knee pain and often the inability to bear weight. An effusion caused by the hemarthrosis is present.

Although patients may keep the knee in a fixed position, range of motion of the knee should be possible once pain is controlled. The presence of a locked knee (usually determined upon examination under anesthesia) should alert the surgeon to the presence of concomitant knee pathology (eg, a meniscus tear) or to an incomplete reduction of the fracture because of an interposed meniscus or a transverse intermeniscal ligament. Neurovascular status should not be affected, and the skin should be intact.