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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2018, 6(6), 114-116
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-6-6-4
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Multipartite Patella: Diagnosis Trap

A. LAGDID1, , M. Boufettal1, RA. Bassir1, M. KHARMAZ1, MO Lamrani1, M. Ouadghiri1, A. El Bardouni1, M. MAHFOUD1 and M.S. BERRADA1

1Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Ibn Sina UHC, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco

Pub. Date: July 21, 2018

Cite this paper:
A. LAGDID, M. Boufettal, RA. Bassir, M. KHARMAZ, MO Lamrani, M. Ouadghiri, A. El Bardouni, M. MAHFOUD and M.S. BERRADA. Multipartite Patella: Diagnosis Trap. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2018; 6(6):114-116. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-6-6-4


Our study reports a case of a multipartite patella that was initially diagnosed as a patellar fracture in a traumatic context but in view of the smooth, regular and dense appearance of the fracture traits, a comparative radiological evaluation of the other knee was necessary, which precluded the diagnosis of fracture in favor of a multipartite patella with knee sprain treated by immobilization and treatment anti-inflammatory with a good evolution, hence the interests of performing a comparative radiological assessment of the contralateral knee in front of any patellar fracture. The multipartite patella is recognized as a developmental anomaly of ossification. Most of them are asymptomatic and are discovered incidentally. The multipartite patella is sometimes misdiagnosed as a patellar fracture, because the x-ray images of both these conditions may appear very similar.

knee joint multipartite patella misdiagnosed patella fracture anomaly

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