What is the prevalence of motor vehicle-related tibial plateau fractures?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Srinivasa Vidyadhara, MBBS, DNB, MS(Orth), DNB(Orth), FNB(SpineSurg), MNAMS; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The most common mechanism resulting in a tibial plateau fracture is a valgus force with axial loading. Of these fractures, 80% are motor vehicle–related injuries, and the remainder are sports-related injuries. Bumper- or fender-related injuries from a vehicle-pedestrian collision constitute more than 25% of tibial plateau fractures. Trauma can be direct or can be related to a fall from a height, an industrial accident, or a sports injury.


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