Fatal pulmonary embolism following ankle fracture in a 17-year-old girl

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Mar;88(3):400-1. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.88B3.17152.


We report a case of fatal pulmonary embolism following a simple ankle fracture in a 17-year-old girl. The diagnosis was confirmed at post-mortem. The risk factors for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and their significance in orthopaedic fracture management are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Ankle Injuries / complications*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Fibula / injuries*
  • Fractures, Bone / complications*
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Embolism / etiology*