CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Revista Chilena de Ortopedia y Traumatología 2021; 62(01): 011-018
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1721370
Original Article | Artículo Original

Screw Fixation of Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tibial Avulsion Fractures: A Clinical and Radiographic Study

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Andrés Schmidt-Hebbel
1  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Clínica Alemana de Santiago, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
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2  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital San José, Santiago, Chile
3  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital Clínico Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, Santiago, Chile
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3  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital Clínico Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, Santiago, Chile
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3  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital Clínico Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, Santiago, Chile
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3  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital Clínico Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, Santiago, Chile
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3  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital Clínico Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, Santiago, Chile
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Gonzalo Espinoza
1  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Clínica Alemana de Santiago, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
3  Departamento de Traumatología y Ortopedia, Hospital Clínico Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, Santiago, Chile
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Abstract

Objective To report mid-term clinical, radiographic, and functional outcomes following open reduction and fixation of posterior cruciate ligament tibial avulsion fractures (PCLTAFs) with cannulated screws.

Methods This is a retrospective analysis of patients with PCLTAF operated on from August 2010 to April 2017. Patients with acute fractures, with more than 2 mm of displacement and grade III on the posterior drawer test, combined or not to knee injuries, were included. Patients older than 65 years of age, with bilateral avulsion fractures, intrasubstance posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) lesions, stable grade-I to -II on the posterior drawer test, concomitant neurovascular injuries, mid-substance tears, open fractures, and less than 12 months of follow-up were excluded. Primary outcomes: the clinical stability was assessed using the posterior drawer test and a single comparative knee stress radiograph. Secondary outcomes: radiographic consolidation, complications, Lysholm score, and Tegner activity score.

Results In total, 20 patients with a mean age of 41 years (range: 32 to 61 years) were included. The mean follow-up was of 33.9 months (range: 12 to 82 months). Clinical stability (grade 0 or I on the posterior drawer test) was observed in 93% of the patients. The mean difference in contralateral posterior displacement was of 2.6 mm (range: 0.1 mm to 6.8 mm) on a single comparative knee stress radiograph. All fractures presented radiological consolidation. Seven patients developed complications. The mean Lysholm score at the last follow-up visit was of 85.17. The postoperative Tegner activity scores did no vary significantly compared to the preinjury scores.

Conclusions Cannulated screw fixation of a displaced PCLTAF through a posterior approach restores clinical and radiographic stability and has excellent union rates. The mid-term functional outcomes are good despite the high rates of combined knee lesions and postoperative complications.

Level of evidence IV.



Publication History

Received: 28 January 2020

Accepted: 10 October 2020

Publication Date:
02 June 2021 (online)

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