Fracture of Knee Cap - Diagnose

Dr. Trupti Shirole
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Nov 12, 2014
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How can We Diagnose Fracture of Knee Cap?

A knee cap fracture can be diagnosed with the help of physical examination and diagnostic imaging techniques like x-ray and MRI.

  • On examination, the doctor can feel the edges of the fracture through the skin, especially if the fracture is displaced. The doctor also checks for a swelling deep inside the joint (hemarthrosis) that is usually a result of bleeding caused by the fracture.
  • X-rays showing the front and side views of the affected area are the most commonly available and widely used diagnostic technique.
  • In some cases, MRI scans are required to view the extent of fracture.

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