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Is it possible to tear the ACL during a patellar dislocation?
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Yes
Generally patellar dislocations are not commonly associated with acl tears.
However, severe injuries can injure a several structures within the knee. Your orthopedist can easily diagnose an acl tear with an exam and or mri.

In brief: Yes
Generally patellar dislocations are not commonly associated with acl tears.
However, severe injuries can injure a several structures within the knee. Your orthopedist can easily diagnose an acl tear with an exam and or mri.
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Yes
During a contact driven acl tear, the knee is in a position that makes it easy for the patella to come out to the side.
Typically an mcl tear and medial patellofemoral ligament tear will also occur. A non contact acl tear is not likely to result in a patella dislocation, however.

In brief: Yes
During a contact driven acl tear, the knee is in a position that makes it easy for the patella to come out to the side.
Typically an mcl tear and medial patellofemoral ligament tear will also occur. A non contact acl tear is not likely to result in a patella dislocation, however.
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