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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013, Article ID 969405, 4 pages
Case Report

Bilateral Tibial Tubercle Sleeve Fractures in a Skeletally Immature Patient

1Orthopaedic Surgeon, Southwest Regional Medical Center, 425 Home Street, Georgetown, OH 45121, USA
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA

Received 13 December 2012; Accepted 7 March 2013

Academic Editors: R. A. Gosselin and K.-I. Kim

Copyright © 2013 Rasesh R. Desai and Shital N. Parikh. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Tibial tubercle sleeve fracture is a rare injury. In concept, it is similar to the patellar sleeve fracture in a skeletally immature patient. We describe a unique case of simultaneous bilateral tibial tubercle sleeve fractures in a 12-year-old boy. Radiographs and MRI confirmed the injury. The patient underwent open surgical repair of bilateral sleeve fractures with suture anchor fixation. At the final followup, 3 years after his initial injury, the patient demonstrated full knee function bilaterally without radiographic evidence of growth disturbances.