Tibial intercondylar eminence fractures are a rare pathology causing anterior laxity of the knee, which requires anatomical reduction and a stable osteosynthesis. The aim of this study was to present the clinical results of reinsertion in anatomical position of these fractures, in the paediatric population, using a threaded pin with an adjustable lock.
Our hypothesis was that the clinical results would be satisfactory and comparable to the literature.
This retrospective, monocentric study involved 34 consecutive patients with tibial intercondylar eminence fractures, divided into 55.9% with type 2, 35.2% with type 3, 8.8% with type 4 according to Meyers & McKeever, operated on between March 1999 and March 2018. Assessments were performed at a minimum follow-up of 1-year and included the Lysholm, subjective International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) and Tegner activity scores, and the measurement of anterior knee laxity by the KT1000.
At the average follow-up of 8.8 years, 7 patients were lost to follow-up, 2 required anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Pathological residual laxity was present in 25% of cases and instability in 16%. The average Lysholm score was 93.1 ± 9.8, the average subjective IKDC was 93.8 ± 6.4 and the average Tegner score was 5.6 ± 1.5. The average anterior laxity of the knee was 0.7 ± 2.0 mm.
The anatomical reinsertion using a threaded pin with an adjustable lock for tibial intercondylar eminence fractures in a paediatric population provides good functional results and is comparable to the data in the literature.
IV; retrospective.

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