Emerg Med J 20:97-98 doi:10.1136/emj.20.1.97
  • Case report

Superior dislocation of the patella; a case report and review of the literature

  1. R S Bassi,
  2. B A Kumar
  1. Department of Orthopaedics, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr R S Bassi, 44 Beaudesert Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 3TG, UK;
  • Accepted 1 May 2002


Superior dislocation of the patella is a rare diagnosis. A 72 year old woman attended the accident and emergency department of the hospital with a painful right knee after a knock to the knee. Clinical examination and radiographs confirmed a superior dislocation of the patella, which was reduced and closed with the aid of simple analgesia. The authors present the case report and discuss the relevant literature.


  • Funding: none.

  • Conflicts of interest: none.

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