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Displaced tibial intercondylar eminence fractures require early reduction and stable fixation to prevent nonunion, knee instability, and a lack of extension. Many types of surgical procedure are recommended including arthrotomy or an arthroscopic technique to stabilize the fracture segment using Kirschner wire, screws, staples, and suture fixation. However, contemporary arthroscopic techniques and devices can facilitate intra-articular surgery and have been applied to the treatment of this fracture. In our current report, we describe a simple suture fixation method under arthroscopy for the treatment of tibial intercondylar eminence fractures. We treated eight knees of eight patients. One patient had a Type II fracture and seven patients had a Type III fracture according to Meyer's classification. Following the arthroscopic inspection of concomitant injuries, debridement of hematoma, and reduction of the fragment, two nonabsorbable sutures (Ethibond No. 2, Johnson & Johnson, Somerville, NJ, USA) were advanced through the suture passer device, which is used to penetrate the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) near to the insertion site of the displaced fragment. Two surgical sutures were pulled out by the suture retriever from the anterior proximal tibia hole and were fixed to the tibia cortex bone with a double-spike plate. At follow-up, radiographic examinations showed that bone union was achieved in all cases. All but one patient could resume normal activities with no restrictions and no ligamentous instability. All knees had a negative Lachman's test and showed a gain of stable ligament function by KT2000 arthrometer evaluation. One patient had an insignificant extension limitation and experienced slight pain after walking but these symptoms were minimal. In conclusion current arthroscopic surgery techniques for tibial intercondylar fractures can be easily performed and reproducibly achieve secure fixation and early mobilization of the knee. © 2014, Asia Pacific Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society. Published by Elsevier (Singapore) Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.

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M., A., Y., A., N., M., N., T., H., O., K., S., … T., S. (2014). Arthroscopic suture fixation in patients with a tibial intercondylar eminence fracture using a simple device to penetrate the anterior cruciate ligament. Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology, 1(2), 67–71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asmart.2014.02.003 LK  - http://limo.libis.be/resolver?&sid=EMBASE&issn=22146873&id=doi:10.1016%2Fj.asmart.2014.02.003&atitle=Arthroscopic+suture+fixation+in+patients+with+a+tibial+intercondylar+eminence+fracture+using+a+simple+device+to+penetrate+the+anterior+cruciate+ligament&stitle=Asia-Pac.+J.+Sports+Med.+Arthroscopy+Rehabil.+Technol.&title=Asia-Pacific+Journal+of+Sports+Medicine%2C+Arthroscopy%2C+Rehabilitation+and+Technology&volume=1&issue=2&spage=67&epage=71&aulast=Aratake&aufir

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