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Case Rep Orthop. 2013;2013:535803. doi: 10.1155/2013/535803. Epub 2013 Feb 26.

Intra-articular dislocation of the patella.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland.


We present an unusual case of a chronic, irreducible intra-articular dislocation of the patella in an elderly nursing home resident. The patient had been unable to weight bear for 3 weeks. Radiographs in the emergency department (ED) confirmed the intra-articular dislocation with the superior pole lodged in the intercondylar notch. She underwent two failed closed reduction attempts and subsequently required an open reduction under general anaesthesia.

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