Gerdy's tubercle

Gerdy's tubercle is a lateral tubercle of the tibia, located where the iliotibial tract inserts. It was named after French surgeon Pierre Nicolas Gerdy (1797–1856).

Gerdy's tubercle
Gerdy's tubercle is located on the lateral condyle of the tibia
LatinTuberculum anterolaterale
Anatomical terms of bone

Gerdy's tubercle is a smooth facet on the lateral aspect of the upper part of the tibia, just below the knee joint and adjacent to the proximal tibio-fibular joint, where the iliotibial tract runs down the outside part of the thigh. It is the point of insertion for the Iliotibial band of the lateral thigh.[1]

It is used as a site for the insertion of a periosteal needle by which intramedullary fluids may be infused in neonates. It can be fractured along with the tibial tuberosity.[2]

It has been used as a source for bone grafts.[3]

The peroneal nerve runs near to it.[4]


  1. Starkey, Chad (2009). Examination of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. p. 298. ISBN 978-93-5025-351-9.
  2. Yoo, Jae Ho; Hahn, Sung Ho; Yang, Bo Kyu; Yi, Seung Rim; Ahn, Young Joon; Yoon, Dong Jin; Kim, Jin Hong (2006). "An en bloc avulsion fracture of tibial tuberosity and Gerdy's tubercle in an adolescent basketball player: A case report". Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 15 (6): 781–5. doi:10.1007/s00167-006-0213-8. PMID 17024477.
  3. Brutus, Jean-Paul; Loftus, Jon B. (2006). "Gerdy's Tubercle as a Source of Cancellous Bone Graft for Surgery of the Upper Extremity: Description of Technique". The Journal of Hand Surgery. 31 (1): 147–9. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2005.07.011. PMID 16443119.
  4. Rubel, I. F.; Schwarzbard, I; Leonard, A; Cece, D (2004). "Anatomic location of the peroneal nerve at the level of the proximal aspect of the tibia: Gerdy's safe zone". The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume. 86-A (8): 1625–8. PMID 15292408.

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