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Acta Ortop Bras. 2013 Mar;21(2):109-15. doi: 10.1590/S1413-78522013000200008.

Epidemiological study on tibial plateau fractures at a level I trauma center.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology Professor Nova Monteiro, Hospital Municipal Miguel Couto (OST-HMMC), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.



To review the epidemiological aspects of fractures of the tibial plateau in a level one hospital.


We retrospectively analyzed 239 tibial plateau fractures treated surgically. We took into account age, gender, trauma mechanism, classification of the injuries, associated injuries and affected side.


168 were male, the fifth decade has been the most affected, the mechanism of trauma, car accident was the main causal fator, 128 cases were on the left side and 22,6% had associated injuries.


Most patients were male, in the fifth decade of life, and victim of traffic accidents, and the depression and shear fractures of the tibial plateau are the most frequent. Associated lesions were infrequent in our study. Level of Evidence II, Prognostic Studies. Investigating the Effect of a Patient Characteristic on the Outcome of Disease.


Knee injuries; Knee joint; Tibial Fractures/epidemiology

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