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Joseph C Wu, MD
(203) 752-3100
60 Temple St
New Haven, CT
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Center for Orthopaedics PC
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(203) 265-3280
455 Lewis Ave
Meriden, CT
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Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1995

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(860) 349-9376
85 Barnes Rd
Wallingford, CT
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Balazs Bela Somogyi, MD
(203) 271-0659
10 George Ave
Cheshire, CT
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1965
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Hospital: Bradley Mem Hosp And Health Ct, Southington, Ct
Group Practice: Cheshire Orthopedic & Rehab

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Leonard Allen Kolstad, MD
(203) 265-3280
85 Barnes Rd Ste 303
Wallingford, CT
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1976

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Dr.Paul H Zimmering
(203) 235-3347
455 Lewis Ave # 101
Meriden, CT
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Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med
Year of Graduation: 1979
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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(203) 265-9122
8 Research Pkwy
Wallingford, CT
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Ira Lawrence Spar, MD
(860) 628-8789
36 Chamberlain Hwy
Berlin, CT
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1968

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Leo Vincent Willett, MD
(860) 349-9376
85 Barnes Rd
Wallingford, CT
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1955

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(203) 265-1800
1000 Yale Avenue
Wallingford, CT
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Bipartite Patella

A Patient's Guide to Bipartite Patella
Introduction

Bipartite patella is a congenital condition (present at birth) that occurs when the patella (kneecap) is made of two bones instead of a single bone. Normally, the two bones would fuse together as the you grow. But in bipartite patella, they remain as two separate bones. About one per cent of the population has this condition. Boys are affected much more often than girls. When this condition is discovered in adulthood it is oftentimes an “incidental finding”.

This guide will help you understand

what parts of the knee are involved how this condition develops how doctors diagnose this condition what treatment options are available Anatomy

What is the patella and what does it do?


The knee is the meeting place of two important bones in the leg, the femur (the thighbone) and the tibia (the shinbone). The patella (kneecap) is the moveable bone that sits in front of the knee. This unique bone is wrapped inside a tendon that connects the large muscles on the front of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles , to the lower leg bone.

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Causes

What causes this condition?

The patella starts out as a piece of fibrous cartilage. It turns into bone or ossifies as part of the growth process. Each bone has an ossification center. This is the first area of the structure to start changing into bone.

Most bones (including the patella) only have one primary ossification center. But in some cases, a second ossification center is present. Normally, these two centers of bone will fuse together during late childhood or early adolescence. If they don’t ossify together, then the two pieces of bone remain connected by fibrous or cartilage tissue. This connective tissue is called a synchondrosis .

The most common location of the second bone is the supero-lateral (upper outer) corner of the patella. But the problem can occur at the bottom of the patella or along the side of the kneecap.

Injury or direct trauma to the synchondrosis can cause a separation of this weak union leading to inflammation. Repetitive microtrauma can have the same effect. The cartilage has a limited ability to repair itself. The increased mobility between the main bone and the second ossification center further weakens the synchondrosis resulting in painful symptoms.

Symptoms

What does bipartite patella feel like?

Most of the time, there are no symptoms. Sometimes there is a bony bump or place where the bone sticks out more on one side than the other. If inflammation of the fibrous tissue between the two bones occurs, then painful symptoms develop directly over the kneecap. The pain is usually described as dull aching. There may be some swelling.

Movement of the knee can be painful, especially when bending the joint. Atrophy of the quadriceps and malalignment of the patella can lead to patellar tracking problems. Squatting, stair climbing, weight trai...

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