Quadriceps tendon rupture

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard
Diagnosis certain


This 60-year-old man fell down some stairs and heard a 'snap' as his leg hyperflexed. He was unable to extend the knee.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.


​MRI demonstrates a complete tear through the quadriceps tendon.

Normal quadriceps tendon


A normal trilaminar quadriceps tendon from another patient. 

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