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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 369-370
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1 Department of Orthopaedics, PES Institute of Medical Science and Research, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Choolaimedu, Chennai, India

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Soraganvi P, Narayan Gowda B S, Ramakanth R, Gavaskar AS. Author's reply. Indian J Orthop 2015;49:369-70

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Soraganvi P, Narayan Gowda B S, Ramakanth R, Gavaskar AS. Author's reply. Indian J Orthop [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jan 28];49:369-70. Available from:

We thank the authors [1] for showing keen interest in our paper. [2] We would like to address the issues raised.

Condyle fracture of femur starts from trochlear codylar groove at the junction between trochlea and the medial and the lateral condyles (type B1 and B2 - AO classification). [3] Starting from this site fracture line may be frontal, sagittal or oblique. [3] Hence, critical point for diagnosing condyle fracture is extension of fracture line to trochlear condylar groove. Hoffa fracture is coronally oriented fracture of femoral condyle where trochlear condylar groove is intact. In our case, we found fracture in an oblique plane in which trochlear condylar groove was found intact and fracture separated patellofemoral joint from tibiofemoral joint (type B3 fractures - AO classification). [4] Hence, we considered it as a Hoffa's fracture. Present literature offers paucity of information regarding such type of oblique fracture of femoral condyle.

Rigid fixation of the fracture can be achieved by optimally positioning the screw perpendicular to fracture line. [4] Hoffa's fracture in our case (oblique fracture line) was in an oblique plane extending from anterolateral to posteromedial. Hence, to achieve rigid fixation screws were fixed perpendicular to fracture line. Present literature supports various methods of fixation for Hoffa fracture. [5] Jarit et al. showed fixation with 6.5 mm partially threaded screws from posterior to anterior was more stable. [6] In our case, we fixed fracture posterior to anterior with 6.5 mm partially threaded screws.

Vertical patellar dislocations even in isolation are difficult to reduce by closed maneuvers. Our case had Hoffa's fracture with incarceration of patella hence we did not attempt any closed reduction. Avulsion fracture was not seen in preoperative radiographs and computed tomography scan. Hence, we believe that it could be calcification at quadriceps attachment to patella.

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Chauhan A. Irreducible, incarcerated vertical dislocation of patella into a Hoffa fracture. Indian J Orthop 2015;49:369.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Soraganvi PC, Narayan Gowda B, Rajagopalakrishnan R, Gavaskar AS. Irreducible, incarcerated vertical dislocation of patella into a Hoffa fracture. Indian J Orthop 2014;48:525-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Manfredini M, Gildone A, Ferrante R, Bernasconi S, Massari L. Unicondylar femoral fractures: Therapeutic strategy and long term results. A review of 23 patients. Acta Orthop Belg 2001;67:132-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
Sahu RL, Gupta P. Operative management of Hoffa fracture of the femoral condyle. Acta Med Iran 2014;52:443-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
Arastu MH, Kokke MC, Duffy PJ, Korley RE, Buckley RE. Coronal plane partial articular fractures of the distal femoral condyle: Current concepts in management. Bone Joint J 2013;95-B:1165-71.  Back to cited text no. 5
Jarit GJ, Kummer FJ, Gibber MJ, Egol KA. A mechanical evaluation of two fixation methods using cancellous screws for coronal fractures of the lateral condyle of the distal femur (OTA type 33B). J Orthop Trauma 2006;20:273-6.  Back to cited text no. 6

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