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Cases J. 2009 Aug 25;2:7905. doi: 10.4076/1757-1626-2-7905.

Isolated avulsion of the vastus lateralis tendon insertion in a weightlifter: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG, UK. joideep69@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

We report a case of isolated, unilateral avulsion of the vastus lateralis tendon from its insertion at the patella. This was diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging, and underwent successful surgical repair.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A healthy 32-year-old national level power lifter presented with an isolated avulsion of the vastus lateralis tendon. After a failed course of conservative therapy he underwent surgical repair and a graded physical therapy programme. One year later he returned to full training with no evidence of re-rupture.

CONCLUSION:

This is the first reported case of an isolated vastus lateralis avulsion. Our experience suggests that magnetic resonance imaging is invaluable in the diagnosis of this condition and that surgical repair provides a good outcome in high demand patients.

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PMC2769386
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