Triceps tendon tear

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Presented with the history of elbow trauma due to fall on the ground. Complaining of posterior elbow region swelling and pain.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

There is diffuse swelling on the posterior aspect of the distal third of arm and the elbow.


There is a collection with mobile echoes replacing most of the triceps tendon insertion site at olecranon process of the ulna. Torn end of the tendon is retracted for about 36 mm. Few lateral fibers of triceps tendon are intact.

Case Discussion

An elderly male had fallen on the ground followed by diffuse swelling on the posterior aspect of the elbow. Ultrasound shows triceps brachii tendon tear.

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Case information

rID: 55459
Published: 8th Sep 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included