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Current Issue - March 2023, Volume 17, Issue No. 1

Official Journal of Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and ASEAN Orthopaedic Association

Evaluation of Radiological and Functional Outcome of Intra-articular Proximal Tibia Plateau Fracture Treated with Plating


Introduction: Proximal tibial plateau fractures are one of the major problems in orthopaedic surgery and are associated with high complication rates. Intra-articular proximal tibia plateau fractures represent approximately 1% of fractures in adults. Various modalities of proximal tibial plateau fracture management have been considered, ranging from simple external fixators in impending compartment syndrome to periarticular proximal tibia plates and inter-locking nails with poller screws. Purpose of this study is to determine clinical outcomes of proximal tibial plateau fractures treated with plate.

Materials and methods: We did this study of proximal tibial plateau fracture according to Schatzker’s classification treated with proximal tibial periarticular plates in 53 patients prospectively admitted at the author’s institute from June 2018 to May 2020 with follow-up period of 6 months.

Results: In our study, the average knee score was 89.30 (ranging from 79 to 93) and functional knee score was 97.92 (ranging from 75 to 100). Fifty-one (51) patients (96.23%) showed excellent results and 2 patients (3.77%) showed good results according to Knee Society Score, which suggest that internal fixation of proximal tibia plateau fracture with plating provides better results. Out of 53 patients, 9 patients had post-operative complications. Average radiological union was seen at 14 weeks.

Conclusion: Locking compression plate in proximal tibia plateau fractures act as a good biological fixation provide stable fixation, articular reduction and limb alignment even in difficult fracture situations. Fixation of proximal tibia plateau fractures with plate gives excellent to good knee society score, with satisfactory functional and radiological outcome.

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