Tibia and fibula fracture often occur together. The levels of fracture could be same or differ depending on the pattern of injury. In this article, pictures and radiographs of tibia and fibula fracture are being shown.
Image 1 -Comminuted Open Tibia Fibula Fracture
Open fractures occur when the covering skin layer is breached by external force or the fracture fragment injuring from within.
Open fractures are very common occurrence in leg bones because the soft tissue envelopes are very thin around the bones especially tibia in its anteromedial aspect.
A 20 year old young male was hit by a motorbike while he was attempting to cross the road. He presented to casualty with large wound over the middle third circumference of the leg.
The tibia and fibula were bared and comminuted fragments could be seen and there appeared a bone loss.
Image 2 – Xray of Malunited Tibia and Fibula Fracture
A 35 years old young male visited the out patient department with history of trauma to ankle two days back. The ankle was swollen. The leg showed a varus deformity and marks a scar that of secondary healing and multiple small round scars in linear fashion probably from pin insertion.
An xray of leg with ankle was done and revealed old malunited fractures of tibia and fibula with varus angulation. The deformity is evident on anteroposterior view. The injury was 2 years old
Image 3 – Fracture Tibia with Segmental Fracture Fibula
A 32 years old young male suffered an injury after he collided with a tractor. He sustained injuries on his right leg and the xray revealed fracture of tibia with segmental fracture of fibula.
A segmental fracture is defined as a comminuted fracture in which one of the fragments have complete cortex.
Segmental fractures signify a substantial trauma.
Image 4 – Xarys of Shaft Tibia and Fibula Fracture
The image in the xray belongs to a 34 years old male who suffered fractures of right tibia and fibula in motor vehicle accident
The fracture was successfully managed by closed reduction and internal fixation using locked intramedullary nail.
Image 5 – United Fibula Fracture With Ununited Tibia Fracture
Following xray belongs to 49 years old lady with fractures of tibia and fibula in lower third of the leg
The xray shows a united fracture fibula whereas fracture of tibia is ununited. The xray was taken after 6 months of non operative treatment.
Image 6 – Proximal Tibia and Fibula Fracture
Following a road traffic accident a young man presented with swelling around the knee. Xray showed fractures of uper end of tibia and fibula
Here is the lateral view
There was no neural deficit associated with the injury. The injury was managed by above knee slab .
Image 7 – Comminuted Distal Tibia and Fibula Fracture
These xrays show comminuted fracture in distal tibia with fracture lines extending till articular area, something like Pilon fracture. Also seen is fracture of the fibula.
Image 8 – Midshaft Tibia and Fibula Fracture
The following xray is follow up of a mid shaft fracture of tibia and fibula which was managed conservatively in a plaster cast.
Image 9 – Midshaft Tibia and Fibula Fracture with Previous United Ipsilateral Distal Tibia and Fibula Fracture
Xrays of 53 years old truck driver who had open fracture tibia and fibula in a united previous fracture of tibia and fibula in lower third area.
Image 10 – Spiral Fracture Tibia with Fracture Fibula
Fracture of the tibia is spiral in nature and is comminuted.
The patient was treated with external tubular fixator and skin grafting.
Image 11 – Distal Tibia and Fibula Fracture
Comminuted fracture of tibia and fracture of fibula in distal leg.
The tibia was fixed with distal tibia anatomical plate and fibula was fixed with one third tubular plate.
Image 12 – Xray of Proximal Tibia and Fibula Fracture
Fracture of upper third shaft of tibia in a 60 years old lady.
The fracture is comminuted and has a large butterfly fragment.
Image 13 -Xray of Open Comminuted Tibia and Fibula Fracture
63 years old man met with an accident when his bike collided into another. He suffered an open fracture of tibia and fibula.
Xray of the injured leg is shown be
The patient was treated with cleaning of the wound and fixation with interlocked medullary nail.
Image 14 – Fracture of Tibia With Segmental Fracture Fibula
Following xray of leg in 28 years old lady shows a fracture of tibia and a segmental fracture of tibia.
The Patient was treated with closed reduction and internal fixation using intramedullary interloacking nail.
Image 15 – Distal Tibia and Fibula Fracture Fixed with Interlock Nail and One Third Tubular Plate
Fracture of tibia and fibula in distal part following a household injury in 43 years old lady. This is an xray after 4 weeks of surgery.
The tibial fracture has been fixed by interlock nailing and fiular fracture using one third tubular plate.
Image 16 – Fracture of Distal Third Tibia With Comminuted Fracture of Fibular Shaft – Xrays
AP and Lateral View Xrays of Fracture Tibia and Fibula in an adult patient
The fracture in tibia is oblique whereas fracture of fibula is comminuted.
Image 17 – Xray United Shaft of Tibia and Fibula Fracture
24 years old male was treated non operatively for minimally displaced fracture of shaft of tibia with undisplaced fracture of fibula. Above knee cast was given for one month followed by patellar tendon bearing [PTB] cast for another month.
Following xray is after two months of initial injury after PTB cast was removed.
The fracture is united well in acceptable position.
Image 18 – Fracture Tibia Operated With Dynamic Compression Plate with Fracture Fibula
Xray of fracture tibia in 25 years old male operated with 12 hole dynamic compression plate and bone grafting.
The xray as taken after 4 weeks of surgery.
Image 19 – Fracture Tibia Fibula With Intramedullary Locking Nail In Situ
Fracture of distal third of tibia and fibula after tibia has been fixed with interlock nail.
The xray is two weeks after the surgery.
Image 20 – Lower Tibia and Fibula Fracture With Undisplaced Fracture of Medial Malleolus
53 years old man struck by a motorcycle and injured his leg. xray revealed a comminuted fracture of tibia, fracture of fibula and an undisplaced fracture of medial malleolus.
Image 21 – Fracture Upper End Tibia With Fracture Fibular Neck
43 year old male having a motor vehicle injury got his knee injured. Here is the xray picture of the knee and leg
As the xray shows, there is a fracture of upper end of tibia and fibular neck.
The arrow marks the fracture of medial malleolus
Image 22 – Operated Intraarticular Fracture Distal Tibia and Distal Fibula Fracture
The tibia has been fixed by distal tibia anatomical plate and fibula has been fixed using one third tubular plate.
Image 22 – AP and Lateral Views of Interlocked Fracture Tibia
Following xray are of 49 years old truck driver who met with accident and had closed fracture tibia and fibula and a heel flap avulsion.
The tibia was treated with closed reduction and internal fixation using intramedullary interlocked nail.
Also visible [arrow] in the image is Steinmann pin used to fix heel flap.
Image 23 – Segmental Fracture Tibia Fixed With Intramedullary Interlock Nail
A segmental fracture is a type of comminuted fracture where the comminuted piece has whole of the cortex intact
Above is an oblique xray of the segmental fracture of tibia showing in situ interlock nail. The fracture was treated by closed reduction and internal fixation.
Also noteworthy is associated fracture of fibula.
Image 24 – Xray of Oblique Fracture of Shaft of Fibula
Xray of oblique fracture of shaft of fibula.
The fracture is marked by black arrows.
Image 25 – Clinical Photograph of Tibia Showing Backed Out and Exposed Screws
34 years old female with history of being operated for fracture tibia about 10 years back. A dynamic compression plating was done and fracture united eventually.
She came with a complaint of exposed screw. Examination of the part revealed following picture.
Please note that there is an exposed screw clearly visible. In addition, there is a screw that is tenting on the skin.
The fracture occurred in 39 years old female who fell in her house.
Image 26 – Xray of Non Union of Shaft of Fibula
The xray in the image is of 47 year old man who sustained fracture of the left fibular shaft after a minor fall. The xray is showing anteroposterior view of both the sides and on left side the fibular fractures ends have not united, have become narrowed and show a gap.
The xray is after 5 years of injury and patient does not have any complaint on the affected side. he had come to OPD for knee pain in the opposite knee and was investigated because he gave a history of trauma.
Image 27 – Minimally Displaced Spiral Fracture Proximal Tibia -Anteroposterior Xray
A 28 years old young male was brought to casualty after being hit by a moving truck. He suffered external injuries on the head and injury on left upper leg.
The CT of head was found normal and xray of the leg revealed fractured tibia, a spiral fracture that was not displaced much.
After management of scalp injuries the injury of the leg was discussed with the patient and patient was given option to choose between nono operative and operative treatment after explained the nature of treatment in both cases.
As patient wanted early mobilization, he chose to get operated. The fracture was fixed with upper tibial plate.
Patient is under follow up for post operative management and has not suffered any complications.
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