Tendon rupture

Last revised by Bahman Rasuli on 03 Oct 2022

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

Pathology

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

Location

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: triceps brachii tendon rupture
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  • Case 3: quadriceps tendon rupture
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  • Case 4: extensor digitorum communis tendon distal portion rupture
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  • Case 5: extensor digitorum communis tendon distal portion rupture
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