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August 1956

Subcutaneous Tear of the Tendon of the Peroneus LongusIts Relation to the Giant Peroneal Tubercle

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(2):216-219. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280020030006

Subcutaneous rupture of a medial or lateral inframalleolar tendon is unusual, even more so than the subcutaneous tear of a dorsiflexor tendon of the foot. Key found such a partial tear of the tibialis posticus tendon in a man who had turned his left ankle. The records of the Hospital for Joint Diseases in 1947-1952, inclusive, gave only one example of a complete tear of the tibialis posticus tendon, the sequel of rheumatoid tenosynovitis, in a woman of 47.

A partial tear of the peroneous longus tendon is described in significant association with a giant peroneal tubercle.

Report of a Case  A man,* 38 years old, felt occasional knife-like pain on the outer side of his right heel in the inframalleolar swelling, noted since the age of 3 years. At 4 years, scraping of the shin bone had been done, apparently for infection. Up to a month before his admission,

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