Fractures of the patella in children and adolescents

J Pediatr Orthop. Sep-Oct 1993;13(5):567-71.


Patellar fractures are rare in children and usually result from high-energy trauma. Treatment guidelines generally are the same as for patellar fractures in adults. Between 1942 and 1987, 66 children with patellar fractures were treated. Exclusion of those with < 2-year follow-up, osteochondral fractures, or incomplete records left 24 patients for long-term follow-up. Overall results were good in 13, fair in eight, and poor in three. Children with fractures of the ipsilateral femur and/or tibia and those with comminuted, displaced fractures had the poorest results.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Femoral Fractures / complications
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fractures, Bone / complications
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patella / diagnostic imaging
  • Patella / injuries*
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography
  • Tibial Fractures / complications