Avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity treated with the suture bridge technique: A case report

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Background: In cases of avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity in which the bone fragments are substantially displaced, nonunion may cause pain in the ischial area. Various surgical procedures have been reported, but achieving sufficient fixation strength is difficult. Case presentation: We treated a 12-year-old male track-and-field athlete with avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity by suture anchor fixation using the suture bridge technique. The boy felt pain in the left gluteal area while running. Radiography showed a left avulsion fracture of the ischial tuberosity with approximately 20-mm displacement. Union was not achieved by conservative non-weight-bearing therapy, and muscle weakness persisted; therefore, surgery was performed. A subgluteal approach was taken via a longitudinal incision in the buttocks, and the avulsed fragment was fixed with five biodegradable suture anchors using the suture bridge technique. Conclusions: Although the majority of avulsion fractures of the ischial tuberosity can be treated conservatively, patients with excessive displacement require surgical treatment. The suture bridge technique provided secure fixation and enabled an early return to sports activities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 5 2019



  • Injury
  • Ischial avulsion
  • Surgical repair
  • Suture bridge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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