Quadriceps tendon rupture

Quadriceps tendon rupture is usually associated with forced flexion of the knee or a direct blow, although spontaneous ruptures are reported.

Pathology

Predisposing illnesses include: 

Quadriceps tendon rupture is one of the extensor mechanism of the knee injuries, more common than patellar tendon rupture but less common than patellar fractures.

Location

Most ruptures are thought to occur at around the osseotendinous junction at the superior pole of the patella 4.

Knee pathology

The knee is a complex synovial joint that can be affected by a range of pathologies:

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rID: 1945
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Rupture of quadriceps tendon
  • Rupture of the quadriceps tendon
  • Quadriceps tendon ruptures

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