Trinchese, GF, Cipollaro, L, Calabrese, E and Maffulli, N (2021) Platelet-Rich Plasma, Mesenchymal Stem Cell, and Non-metallic Suture-Based Fixation Technique in a Patellar Fracture Nonunion: A Technical Note and Systematic Review. Clin Orthop Surg, 13 (3). 344 - 351.

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Background: We performed a systematic review on the management of patellar fracture nonunion and report a novel suturebased non-metallic fixation technique associated with platelet-rich plasma and mesenchymal stem cell injections in the management of this injury.

Methods: A systematic search was performed up to August 2020 in PubMed and Scopus electronic databases of scholarly articles evaluating different surgical techniques used for nonunion of patellar fractures, with no restrictions on language or year of publication. Furthermore, we describe our novel non-metallic suture fixation technique and a patient in whom this technique was applied.

Results: A total of 9 articles were included in the systematic review. Tension band wiring was the most commonly used procedure (62.7%). Nonoperative procedures (8.1%) resulted in nonunion in all patients. The most common complication after open reduction and internal fixation was infection (7.8%). Our patient at the latest follow-up reported full functional recovery and full extension and flexion of the affected knee with no pain and subjectively normal strength.

Conclusions: The management of patella nonunions is still a challenge. The technique reported here can be used in patellar fracture nonunion, as well as in primary patellar fractures.

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Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patella;Fracture; Non-union; Delayed union; Pseudarthrosis; Pseudoarthrosis
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 13:27
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 15:54

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