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Tibial plateau fractures

Phil Walmsley and John Keating

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012056

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Tibial plateau fractures

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Split depression pattern lateral plateau most common type

Bicondylar and medial plateau fractures high energy injuries

Compartment syndrome, vascular injury, and common peroneal palsy may occur with high energy patterns

Internal fixation preferred treatment with good soft tissue envelope

Limited internal fixation suitable for many simple patterns

Plate fixation preferred for medial and bicondylar fractures

External fixation used with poor soft tissues

Fine wire external fixation should be considered for most complex patterns.

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Surgical Skills

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