Anterior tibial translocation sign

Dr Henry Knipe and Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The anterior tibial translocation sign or anterior drawer sign (a.k.a. anterior translation of tibia) is seen in cases of complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, and refers to anterior translocation (anterior tibial subluxation) of the tibia relative to the femur of >7 mm 1

Knee pathology

The knee is a complex synovial joint that can be affected by a range of pathologies:

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Article information

rID: 12491
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Anterior translation of tibia
  • Anterior subluxation of the tibia
  • Anterior drawer sign

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: with complete ACL tear
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