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Case Report
Volume 2, Issue 2 (November Issue)

Three Cases of Conservatively Managed Tibial Tubercle Type IVb Fractures

Kate Conner1* and Duncan Cundall Curry2

1Te Whatu Ora Tairawhiti, Ormond Rd, Riverdale, Gisborne, New Zealand
2Orthopaedics Department, Te Whatu Ora Tairawhiti, New Zealand

*Corresponding author: Kate Conner, Te Whatu Ora Tairawhiti, Ormond Rd, Riverdale, Gisborne, New Zealand. E-mail: Kate.conner@tdh.org.nz

Received: March 02, 2023; Accepted: March 12, 2023; Published: May 15, 2023

Citation: Conner K, Curry DC. Three Cases of Conservatively Managed Tibial Tubercle Type IVb Fractures. Case Rep Orthop Surg J. 2023; 2(2): 113.

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Abstract

Tibial tubercle fractures are a rare presentation most common in male adolescents. They generally occur while jumping in athletic individuals who have not yet reached skeletal maturity. The most frequently used classification is the modified Ogden system. There have been multiple retrospective reviews collating data on the management and outcomes of tibial tubercle fractures. However, there is a lack of published Type IV cases, meaning there is some ambiguity about the best treatment options. Currently most published Type IV cases have been managed operatively, and there are no studies comparing the effectiveness of surgical and conservative management for these specific fractures. This case report describes three consecutive cases of Ogden Type IVb fractures that were successfully managed conservatively.

Keywords: Paediatric tibial tubercle fracture; Type IVb; Conservatively managed