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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1979 May;61-B(2):165-8.

Sleeve fractures of the patella in children: a report of three cases.


The clinical characteristics of sleeve fractures of the patella are described and the methods of treatment are reviewed. Attention is drawn to the fact that the diagnosis may be missed because the distal bony fragment may be so small as not to be detectable by radiography. This is important because a large fragment of articular cartilage also separates. The best result was obtained from reconstitution of the extensor apparatus by internal fixation of the patellar fracture with repair of the quadriceps expansion.

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