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Case Rep Orthop. 2016;2016:6912968. doi: 10.1155/2016/6912968. Epub 2016 Apr 20.

A Rare Case of Bilateral Patellar Tendon Ruptures: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland.


Bilateral patellar tendon ruptures are rare. The majority of case reports describing bilateral patellar tendon ruptures have occurred in patients with predisposing factors to tendinopathy. We describe a case of bilateral patellar tendon rupture sustained following minimal trauma by a patient with no systemic disease or history of steroid use. Due to the rarity of this injury, clinical suspicion is low. It is reported that 38% of patellar tendon ruptures are misdiagnosed initially. Therefore careful history taking and physical examination is integral in ensuring a diagnosis is achieved for early primary repair. We discuss the aetiology of spontaneous tendon rupture and report a literature review of bilateral patellar tendon ruptures.

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