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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2014, Article ID 759419, 3 pages
Case Report

Successful Nonoperative Treatment of Isolated Popliteus Tendon Avulsion Fractures in Two Adolescents

1Texas Children’s Hospital, 6701 Fannin Suite 660, Houston, TX 77030, USA
2Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Received 30 January 2014; Accepted 23 July 2014; Published 14 August 2014

Academic Editor: Rastislav Burda

Copyright © 2014 Scott D. McKay et al. 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.


Isolated popliteal tendon avulsion fractures are relatively uncommon in the pediatric population as other posterolateral lateral structures are often involved. This report describes two skeletally immature male patients who presented with knee injuries without ligamentous instability and were subsequently diagnosed with isolated popliteus tendon avulsion fractures. Both of these patients were managed nonoperatively and had subjectively full recoveries. As the treatment for isolated popliteal tendon avulsion fractures is still unclear, the report here may contribute to strategies regarding conservative treatment of these injuries.