[Skip to Navigation]
Sign In
Original Article
April 1957

Bilateral Rupture of the Quadriceps Tendon

Author Affiliations


Resident Surgeon, Cook County Hospital (Dr. Hinkamp), and Chief, Orthopedic Service, Illinois Central Hospital (Dr. Pellicore).

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;74(4):562-564. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280100080013

Bilateral rupture of the quadriceps tendon is a unique and uncommon injury. This is a report of such a case successfully treated. The treatment prescribed was surgical correction of the ruptured tendons. It is the opinion of the authors that with surgery complete rehabilitation of the knee is obtained with little or no morbidity.

Report of a Case  A 67-year-old white real estate dealer entered the hospital in June, 1956, because of inability to walk. He had been carrying a grill down the back stairs of his second-floor apartment and caught his right foot on a stair. He threw out his left leg but felt something give way, and his leg buckled from under him. He fell down to the next landing. He managed to get up, even though his left knee was painful and unstable. He again proceeded down the stairs. As he did, he felt pain and a

Add or change institution