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Traumatic quadriceps rupture in a patient with patellectomy
Traumatic quadriceps rupture in a patient with patellectomy: a case report
Chezhiyan Shanmugam and Nicola Maffulli
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:146
We present a 42-year-old male who experienced a unilateral left quadriceps tendon rupture following assault by four people. Twenty-seven years before this injury, the patient had suffered ipsilateral femur and comminuted patellar fractures, which were managed by intramedullary nailing and patellectomy respectively. We performed primary end to end repair of the torn tendon. Postoperatively, histology revealed findings consistent with pre-existent degenerative changes. The patient made good recovery, and returned to his former occupation which was reliant on his ability to drive.
Degenerative changes of the tendon of the extensor mechanism of knee following patellectomy may predispose the quadriceps tendon to traumatic rupture. Early operative intervention and protracted rehabilitation are required to obtain the best functional results.
Type: Case Study
Author/Contact: Shanmugam & Maffulli
Institution: Journal of Medical Case Reports JMCR
Submitted by: admin
Added: Wed Nov 28 2007