Arthroplast Today. 2022 Aug; 16: 57–62.

Avulsion Fracture of Bicruciate Ligament and Patellar Tendon in Bicruciate-Retaining Total Knee Arthroplasty

Lawrence Chun-Man Lau, FRCSEd,a,1 Michael Tim-Yun Ong, FRCSEd,a,∗,1 Wai-Wang Chau, MSc, (Epi & Biostat),a Jonathan Patrick Ng, MRCSEd,a James F. Griffith, MD,b and Kevin Ki-Wai Ho, FRCSa

Tibial intercondylar fracture with anterior cruciate ligament avulsion is a unique but rare complication of bicruciate-retaining total knee arthroplasty. Here, we describe an even rarer condition that the tibial intercondylar fracture involved bicruciate ligament and partial patellar tendon avulsion fracture resulting in significant clinical instability in a 70-year-old woman, a combination not yet reported in the literature. Dual-energy computed tomography helped characterize the fracture. During revision surgery, the bicruciate retaining total knee arthroplasty was revised to posterior-stabilized total knee arthroplasty and the patellar tendon was repaired with a suture anchor. She recovered well progressively, and at 6 months, she could walk with the use of an assisted walking device.

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