Traumatic infra patellar tendinitis with partial tear

Case contributed by Dr Ashutosh Gandhi


History of trauma. Complaining of pain and limitation of flexion.

Patient Data

Age: 38 years
Gender: Male

Altered signal and  thickening of the infrapatellar tendon, which appears hyperintense on the T2W and T2 F-SAT images, and hypointense on T1W images, represents partial thickness tear / sprain

Patchy hyperintense signal seen on the T2 FSAT and T2W images in the patella, which turns hypointense signal on the T1W images, represents bone bruising / edema.

Case Discussion

Tears of the patellar tendon (PT) occur less frequently and are rarely associated with intra-articular pathology. 

Acute combined tears of both the ACL and PT are known complications of high-energy traumatic knee dislocations. 

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Case information

rID: 20787
Published: 12th Dec 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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