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July 1950

RUPTURES OF THE QUADRICEPS TENDON: Study of Fourteen Tendon Ruptures

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and the Fracture Service, Cook County Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1950;61(1):42-54. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250020045006

RUPTURES of the quadriceps tendon are seen rather infrequently. Perhaps it is because the causative mechanism of the rupture is very similar to that of fractures of the patella or the less common ruptures of the patellar tendon. All too frequently, owing to the pronounced hematoma that occurs in the knee joint, the associated pain that prevents a thorough careful examination of the injured part and the lack of evidence on the roentgenograms, in some cases the correct diagnosis is not made or adequate treatment instituted until much valuable time has been lost.

We have seen and treated 13 patients with 14 ruptures of the quadriceps tendon from September 1938 to September 1949. It is on their cases that this report is based (table). In 12 cases the rupture was unilateral and in men. The only bilateral rupture was in a woman. In this patient at the time of operation,

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