Intra-articular distal femur fracture extending from an expanded femoral tunnel in an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructed knee: A case report

Vijay B. Thangamani, David C. Flanigan, Bradley R Merk

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Abstract

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a popular surgery with overall good results. However, postoperative fracture is a serious, albeit, rare complication. Femoral tunnel lysis may cause a stress riser effect leading to distal femur fractures after ACL reconstruction. We report a case in which a patient who underwent ACL reconstruction surgery 18 months before a low-energy twisting mechanism suffered a distal femur fracture requiring open reduction internal fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume67
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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