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      Proximal tibiofibular joint (PTFJ) dislocation is a rare injury that can disrupt the proximal tibia-fibula joint. The abnormalities in knee x-ray imaging can be subtle and difficult to detect, requiring careful assessment. This rare cause of lateral knee pain requires a high level of suspicion for diagnosis. Treatment is closed reduction; unstable PTFJ dislocations often require surgical intervention.

      Case Report

      A 17-year-old young man presented to the emergency department (ED) with right lateral knee pain and difficulty walking after colliding with another skier 2 days prior. The examination showed right lateral ecchymosis and tenderness over the lateral proximal fibula. He remained neurovascularly intact with a full passive and active range of motion. X-ray studies were obtained. The patient was referred by his outpatient orthopedic surgeon after the initial knee x-ray study was concerning for PTFJ dislocation and unsuccessful reduction. In the ED, the patient underwent moderate sedation and successful orthopedic-guided reduction via medial force on the lateral fibular head, while hyper-flexing the knee and holding the foot dorsiflexed and everted. Post-reduction radiographs showed improved proximal tibiofibular alignment without fracture. Why Should an Emergency Physician Be Aware of This? PTFJ dislocation is a rare injury that can be missed easily and requires a high level of suspicion when presented with an acute traumatic knee pain. Closed reduction of PTFJ dislocation can be achieved in the ED and early identification can prevent long-term sequelae.


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