J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2020 Feb;55(1):95-100. 10.4055/jkoa.2020.55.1.95.

Closed Reduction of Irreducible Posterolateral Rotatory Knee Dislocation

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. ssewon@naver.com


In general, most knee dislocations are reduced easily by simple traction. In rare cases, closed reduction of the knee dislocation is attempted, but ruptured ligaments or muscles are stuck in the joints and cannot be reduced. The cases of this irreducible knee dislocation have sometimes been reported. The authors encountered a case of irreducible knee posterolateral rotational dislocation that was not reduced by simple traction and report it along with a review of the literature. This case provides an opportunity for clinicians to examine the clinical considerations when experiencing an irreducible knee dislocation.


knee dislocation; therapeutics; orthopedic procedures
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