Intrasubstance Stretch Tear of a Preadolescent Patellar Tendon With Reconstruction Using Autogenous Hamstrings
Patellar tendon ruptures have been reported after steroid use,trauma,and central-third patellar tendon removal for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction; in patients with collagen-vascular disease; and spontaneously. However, ruptures of the patellar tendon are uncommon in patients with open physes.We report the case and treatment of a preadolescent female patient who had a traumatic intrasubstance stretch tear of the patellar tendon.
To our knowledge, this is the first such report of this type of injury.
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Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD
has specialized skills and expertise in diagnosing and treating complicated knee injuries. He has treated athletes at all levels, including Olympic, professional and intercollegiate athletes, and has returned numerous athletes back to full participation after surgeries. Recognized globally for his outstanding and efficient surgical skills and dedication to sports medicine, he has received many research awards, including the OREF Clinic Research Award considered by many a Nobel Prize in orthopedics. Dr. LaPrade is one of the most published investigators
in his field, and many of the surgeries that he has developed are now performed worldwide and recognized as the “gold standard” for the treatment of complex knee injuries.