What's the diagnosis? By Dr. Erica Schramm

A 48 year old male fell from a ladder landing on his right foot.  He has an obvious ankle deformity. What's the diagnosis? (scroll down for answer)






Answer:  Pilon Fracture

  • The xray shows the pilon fracture as well as a comminuted displaced fracture of the dital fibula and tibiotalar and fibulotalar dislocations
  • A pilon fracture is a fracture of the disal tibia involving its articular surface
  • The mechanism of injury is most often a high energy axial load
  • Most pilon fractures require ORIF



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