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Isolated proximal tibiofibular joint dislocation in an elite rugby union player
  1. S MacGiobain1,
  2. J F Quinlan1,
  3. N O’Malley1,
  4. D Brophy2,
  5. W R Quinlan1
  1. 1
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2
    Department of Diagnostic Imaging, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. J Quinlan, 35 Rockford Manor, Stradbrook, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland; johnfquinlan{at}


The case is presented of a professional international rugby union player who sustained an isolated proximal tibiofibular dislocation in a training ground injury. Diagnosis was made based on clinical details, plain radiography and magnetic resonance imaging. An initial attempt at closed reduction failed. Open reduction and internal fixation were subsequently carried out. Following early rehabilitation, the patient made a successful try-scoring return to international rugby union.

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