What is included in emergency department (ED) care for tibial tubercle fracture?

Updated: Nov 30, 2017
  • Author: Jeffrey G Norvell, MD, MBA, RDMS; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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For nondisplaced fractures, immobilize the knee.

Obtain an orthopedic consultation for a displaced fracture to consider open reduction and internal fixation.

In one study of patients with tibial tubercle fractures, mean age at surgery was 14.6 years, and the most common fracture reported was type III (50.6%). Compartment syndrome was present in 3.57% of cases. [29]


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