Transverse stress fracture of the patella: a case report

Clin J Sport Med. 1996 Oct;6(4):259-61. doi: 10.1097/00042752-199610000-00010.


Purpose: A high index of suspicion is necessary to make the diagnosis of stress fractures in athletes. This is a case report of a soccer player who sustained a transverse stress fracture of the patella.

Case summary: The soccer player experienced mild discomfort to the patella for 1 month. He then developed severe pain after a twisting motion while playing soccer. Radiological examination showed an undisplaced transverse fracture of the patella. After immobilization in a plaster cast and rehabilitation, he returned to normal activity in 3 months.

Discussion: Only six cases have been reported in the literature to date.

Relevance: This case illustrates the need to consider a stress fracture when pain in the patella persists.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fracture Fixation
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fractures, Stress / rehabilitation
  • Fractures, Stress / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pain
  • Patella / injuries*
  • Radiography
  • Soccer / injuries*