Stress fracture of the mid-tibial shaft

Acta Orthop Scand. 1984 Feb;55(1):35-7. doi: 10.3109/17453678408992308.


In a series of 151 tibial stress fractures in athletes and joggers, seven were located at the mid-third of the diaphysis. The diagnosis was made radiographically several months after the onset of symptoms; a transverse fissure line or gap was noted in the middle of the hypertrophied anterior tibial cortex. Histologic examination of a biopsy of the fracture line showed features resembling pseudoarthrosis. All the patients returned to physical activities.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / pathology
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Tibial Fractures / diagnosis*
  • Tibial Fractures / pathology
  • Tibial Fractures / therapy