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December 30, 1911

EXTERNAL DISLOCATION OF THE KNEE

JAMA. 1911;LVII(27):2124. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120314008

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Abstract

Dislocation at the tibiofemoral joint is rare, constituting about 1 per cent. of all cases. External dislocation occurs in 5 per cent. of these injuries in this location. It is rare in its complete form. When complete the dislocation is usually compound. The following case was incomplete:

Dec. 30, 1910: Mr. H. L. L., aged 40, a strike-breraker, was pulled from a wagon, a distance of 3½ feet. He landed on his feet, fell to the ground and was unable to rise. He was taken at once to the Methodist Episcopal Hospital. Examination revealed a left extremity in flexion and some abduction. The outer portion of the head of the tibia was prominent on the outer side; the inner tibial tuberosity was in contact with the external condyle of the femur. The internal condyle of the fe-mur was proportionately prominent. There was slight

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