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Tibial Plafond Fracture


Updated September 08, 2005

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Tibial Plafond Fracture
Tibial Plafond Fracture

X-ray image of a tibial pilon fracture. Note the fracture line extends into the ankle joint.

This patient sustained a fracture of the tibia. Fractures of the tibia just above the ankle joint are called tibial plafond fractures. These fractures are concerning for two reasons:
  • First, there is little muscle and soft-tissue covering the bone in this region. Therefore, swelling can be a significant problem, and may prevent surgery from being performed until the swelling subsides.

  • Second, the fracture line often extends into the cartilage of the ankle joint. Because of this, the ankle is prone to developing arthritis due to uneven bone surfaces.
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