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Patellar Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a patellar fracture?

A patellar fracture is a break in your kneecap. Treatment depends on how the kneecap breaks. Broken pieces may move out of line or break through the skin.

Knee Anatomy

What are the signs and symptoms of a patellar fracture?

How is a patellar fracture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about the injury and examine you. He or she will look for bone that broke through the skin. He or she may be able to tell if the bone pieces are in their correct places by touching your knee. You may need any of the following tests:

How is a patellar fracture treated?

What can I do to help my patellar fracture heal?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or bone specialist?

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