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Spontaneous rupture of the popliteus tendon in a 74-year-old woman and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15483549     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Spontaneous rupture of the popliteus tendon has not previously been reported. We report the case of a 74-year-old patient, discuss its diagnosis and management, and review the current literature on isolated popliteus lesions. A multi-database electronic literature review suggests that the injury is invariably traumatic and has essentially been reported only in young, active individuals. It should be suspected in a patient with acute lateral knee pain who, on examination, has a hemarthrosis and a stable, possibly locked knee. The diagnosis is readily made using arthroscopy. While both conservative treatment with physiotherapy and open repair have been advocated, we describe a successful outcome of arthroscopic resection in an elderly patient and propose that popliteus injury is not confined to a younger age group. The balance of opinion in the current literature is that acute traumatic rupture in the young patient is managed by primary surgical repair, but successful outcome is also reported with nonoperative treatment.
James R D Murray; Julian R B Grundy; Iona E Collins; Nilesh Mundil; Robert Pongratz; David A Woods
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1526-3231     ISO Abbreviation:  Arthroscopy     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-14     Completed Date:  2005-10-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506498     Medline TA:  Arthroscopy     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  860-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Great Western Hospital, Swindon, England.
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MeSH Terms
Rupture, Spontaneous / diagnosis*
Tendons / pathology*

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