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Editor's Correspondence
March 22, 2004

Role of Steroids in Tendon Rupture or Disintegration Known for Decades

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Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(6):678. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.6.678-a

The article referring to Achilles rupture and steroid use in the August 11/25, 2003, issue of the ARCHIVES1 infers that this is a newly discovered relationship, though it does not state that explicitly. My initial article on this subject published in JAMA almost 40 years ago also referred to bilateral rupture.2 I got the "bilateral" on the opposite Achilles in exactly the same maneuver—this time on the tennis court, in 1980, 15 years later and again while taking steroids.

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