Intra-articular vertical dislocation of the patella: a case report of an irreducible patellar dislocation and unique surgical technique.


Journal Article

Intra-articular vertical dislocations of the patella are rare injuries that occur when a laterally or medially directed force is applied to the opposite patellar edge, causing it to rotate about its longitudinal axis. Diagnosis of this injury is not difficult with physical examination alone, but roentgenograms are necessary to rule out associated fracture and to define the direction of the articular surface. A Schanz screw is useful as a reduction tool to restore the patella to its normal relationship in the femoral groove if closed reduction proves impossible.

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Cited Authors

  • Alioto, RJ; Kates, S

Published Date

  • February 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 282 - 284

PubMed ID

  • 8114155

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8114155

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-8809

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-5282


  • eng