Jacques Gilles Maisonneuve

Jacques Gilles Maisonneuve (1809-1897)

Jacques Gilles Maisonneuve (1809 – 1897) was a French Surgeon.

A student of Guillaume Dupuytren…and apparently equally polemic. Maisonneuve improved the internal urethrotome (uréthrotome de Maisonneuve) for urethral stricture management by adding a filiform guide (1848, 1879).

First to describe external rotation as a mechanism of production of ankle fractures. Eponymously associated with the Maisonneuve fracture which he described in 1840 Recherches sur la fracture du péroné.

  • Born on November 19, 1809 at Nantes, France
  • 1829 – Surgical studies in Paris under Baron Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835)
  • 1835 – MD. Thesis: ‘Propositions sur quelques points d’anatomie de physiologie et de pathologie
  • 1842 – Surgeon des hôpitaux de Paris including Bicêtre, Cochin and Pitié
  • 1862 – Surgeon at l’Hôtel-Dieu, Paris
  • 1863 – Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur par décret
  • Founder of la Société de chirurgie
  • Died on April 9, 1897 at Missillac, France

Medical Eponyms
Maisonneuve fracture (1840)

The Maisonneuve fracture is a spiral fracture of the upper third of the fibula associated with a tear of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis and the interosseous membrane. There is an associated fracture of the medial malleolus or rupture of the deep deltoid ligament.

Rupture of the stabilizing ligaments of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis will result in widening of the ankle mortise on radiographs. Additional findings such as avulsion fracture of the medial or posterior malleoli, or tear of the deltoid ligaments may also be present

Maisonneuve fracture LITFL 2021
Maisonneuve fracture


Correct name: Jacques-Gilles Thomas Maisonneuve. Often referenced incorrectly as ‘Jules Germain François Maisonneuve‘; or assigned the designation ‘M.J.G Maisonneuve‘ here the M is formal designation for ‘Monsieur le Docteur‘ and JG for Jacques-Gilles. Maisonneuve rarely used his additional name of Thomas

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Eponymous terms


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