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Harry Hoyen, Simon Lambert, Joideep Phadnis

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Simon Lambert

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Complete articular fracture, simple articular and simple metaphyseal

Definition

This fracture type is classified by the AO/OTA as 13C1 when both the articular and the metaphyseal components are simple fractures.

The metaphyseal fracture may be:

  • Above the transcondylar axis (13C1.1)
  • Through or below the transcondylar axis (13C1.3)

All three sides of the triangle of stability are broken.

Complete simple articular and simple metaphyseal fracture

X-ray

This is an AP x-ray showing an example of a high (above the transcondylar axis) fracture (13C1.1).

Images taken from Orozco R, et al. (1998) Atlas of Internal Fixation. Used with kind permission.

X-ray of complete simple articular and simple metaphyseal fracture

Lateral view of the same case

X-ray of complete simple articular and simple metaphyseal fracture
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