Cotton fracture


Cotton fracture is a fracture of the ankle involving the lateral malleolus, medial malleolus and distal posterior aspect of the tibia (posterior malleolus). [aka *trimalleolar fracture ]

Cotton fracture trimalleolar
Cotton fracture (trimalleolar fracture)


1910 – Cotton in his text book ‘Dislocations and Joint-Fractures‘ outlines the mechanism and reduction of Pott fracture with posterior luxation and fracture

1915 – Cotton described in minute detail 53 cases of bimalleolar fracture with posterior luxation and fracture of the distal posterior tibia; mechanism of causation; reduction and operative treatment. [JAMA. 1915;64:318–321.]

Associated Persons

Alternative names

  • Trimalleolar fracture
  • Pott fracture with backward dislocation of the lower fragment


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