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Outcomes following quadriceps tendon ruptures.
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PMID:  12084643     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Complete rupture of the quadriceps femoris tendon is a well-described injury. There is a scarcity of literature relating to the outcome of patients with this injury after surgery. We undertook a retrospective analysis of patients who had surgical repair of their ruptured quadriceps tendon at our institution over a seven year period-totalling 27 patients. Males were more commonly affected with a M:F ratio of 8:1. The peak incidence was in the sixth decade of life. The non-dominant limb was twice as likely to be affected. Assessment consisted of completion of a functional knee questionnaire, clinical examination and isokinetic testing on a Biodex dynanometer. Symptomatic outcome following surgical repair was excellent with a mean symptom score generated of 22.7 out of a maximum of 25. 18/19 patients returned to their premorbid level of activity on average 18.1 weeks following injury. There was no difference in quadriceps girth comparing affected and unaffected limbs. Less than 5 degrees deficit in range of motion existed between affected and unaffected limbs. Approximately two-thirds of patients were the same or better when comparing peak torque/body weight, average power, maximum average peak torque and total work/body weight in affected and unaffected limbs.
K O'Shea; P Kenny; J Donovan; F Condon; J P McElwain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Injury     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0020-1383     ISO Abbreviation:  Injury     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-26     Completed Date:  2002-09-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226040     Medline TA:  Injury     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  257-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedic Trauma, Adelaide and Meath Hospitals incorporating the National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Knee Joint / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Postoperative Complications
Range of Motion, Articular
Retrospective Studies
Rupture / surgery
Tendon Injuries / physiopathology,  rehabilitation,  surgery*
Treatment Outcome

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