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Chin J Traumatol. 2012;15(1):54-8.

Simultaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture without predisposing systemic disease or steroid use: a case report.

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Department of Orthopedics, Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510630, China.


There is a dearth of case reports describing simultaneous bilateral patellar tendon ruptures in the medical literature. These ruptures are often associated with systemic disorders such as lupus erythematosus or chronic steroid use. The author describes a case of a 24-year-old man who sustained traumatic bilateral patellar tendon ruptures without any history of systemic disease or steroidal medication. We repaired and reattached the ruptured tendons to the patella and augmented our procedure with allogeneic tendon followed by wire loop reinforcement. One year after operation, the patient regained a satisfactory range of motion of both knees with good quadriceps strength and no extensor lag. The recurrent microtrauma from a history of intense sports activity and a high body mass index may have played an important role in this trauma event.

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