Bone & Joint Injuries

What is bipartite/multipartite patella injury?

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  • AJonathan Penney, Fitness, answered on behalf of National Academy of Sports Medicine

    Definition: A bipartite patella occurs when the patella, or kneecap, occurs as two separate bones. Instead of fusing together in early childhood, the patella remains separated. A bipartite patella is usually not a problem; it occurs in at least 1 percent of the population, and perhaps more.

    Since this occurrence is rare, it would be best to see your primary physician if you believe this issue is present.

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