Tendon rupture

Last revised by Dr Maulik S Patel on 16 Jan 2022

Tendon tears and ruptures are common and sometimes disabling injuries. They can occur within the midsubstance or be an avulsion injury.


The pathophysiology of tendon tears and ruptures is uncertain but is thought to be the end-point of tendinopathy in most cases.


In theory, any tendon can potentially rupture but more common locations include:

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: extensor pollicis longus rupture
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  • Case 2
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