fracture of patella


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fracture of patella

Etymology: L, frangere + patella, small pan
a break in the sesamoid knee cap. The fracture often occurs in automobile accidents in which the knee strikes the dashboard. The damage is complicated by reflex bracing of the quadriceps femoris muscle, which pulls the fragments apart. Treatment includes suturing the bone fragments and confining the patient in a long-leg cast.

fracture of patella

A break in the continuity of the kneecap. Treatment may consist of suturing the bone fragments. A long-leg immobilizer is applied for 6 to 8 weeks. Following removal of the brace, gradual exercise may be started and weight placed on the leg for a few weeks, after which the patient may walk.
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