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April 1977

Quadriceps Contracture as a Result of Multiple Intramuscular Injection

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Pediatric Orthopedics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(4):416-417. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120170042008

• Quadriceps contracture in children can result from multiple intramuscular injections. We describe here seven patients with this complication. These patients were unable to completely flex the involved knee. At surgery, extensive fibrosis of the quadriceps muscle was found. Lengthening of the scar and contracted muscle and tendon restored a good deal of flexion. If long-term antibiotic treatment is anticipated, the intravenous route should be employed if possible.

(Am J Dis Child 131:416-417, 1977)