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Kneecap (patella) fracture

Kneecap (patella) fracture

The kneecap is a small bone at the front of the knee at the point where the thigh bone and shin bone meet. It protects the knee joint and connects muscles from the shin bone to the thigh.

Types of kneecap fracture include:

  • Stable fracture: the bone remains in line and can heal easily
  • Displaced fracture: the bone is broken and separated, and the joint surface (cartilage) may also be damaged
  • Comminuted fracture: the bone breaks into more than three pieces. It can be stable or displaced
  • Open fracture: the bone breaks through the skin and surrounding tissue is damaged; these fractures are the most serious because infection can develop both in the wound and the bone

Kneecap fracture

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