Quadriceps tendon rupture

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Quadriceps tendon rupture
SynonymsQuadriceps tendon tear
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An x-ray demonstrating quadriceps tendon rupture. Note the abnormal angle of the patella and soft-tissue swelling marked by the arrow.

A quadriceps tendon rupture is a tear of the tendon that runs from the quadriceps muscle to the top of the knee cap.[1]

Signs and symptoms[edit]

Symptoms are pain and the inability to extend the knee against resistance. A gap can often be palpated at the tendon's normal location.

Diagnosis[edit]

The diagnosis is usually made clinically, but ultrasound or MRI can be used if there is any doubt.


Treatment[edit]

The tendon can be surgically repaired. Afterwards a brace is given that prevents flexion of the knee. Athletes who have suffered this injury generally return to action in about 9 months to a year.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quadriceps Tendon Rupture: Practice Essentials, Anatomy, Pathophysiology". 2017-07-19.

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