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Lateral Patellofemoral Ligament (Right)
Connective Tissue

Lateral Patellofemoral Ligament (Right)

Ligamentum patellofemorale laterale

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Structure

The lateral patellofemoral ligament arises just distal and anterior to the lateral epicondyle of the femur. It extends anteriorly to insert into the middle third of the lateral border of the patella (Shah et al., 2017).

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Function

The lateral patellofemoral ligament provides lateral stability of the patella. In some cases of patellar instability, the lateral patellofemoral ligament may be cut to prevent lateral displacement of the patella.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Medial patellar instability

References

Shah, K. N., DeFroda, S. F., Ware, J. K., Koruprolu, S. C. and Owens, B. D. (2017) 'Lateral Patellofemoral Ligament: An Anatomic Study', Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine, 5(12), pp. 2325967117741439-2325967117741439.

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