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Spontaneous simultaneous bilateral patellar tendon rupture
  1. James Foley,
  2. Rawan Elhelali and
  3. Dineo Moiloa
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Sligo University Hospital, Sligo, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Foley, buffersjames{at}


Bilateral patellar tendon rupture is an extremely rare occurrence, especially in otherwise healthy individuals without systemic disease. The authors report the case of a man who presented with simultaneous, spontaneous bilateral rupture of his patellar tendons. He had a history of unilateral patellar tendinopathy but no other predisposing risk factors such as steroid or fluoroquinolone use. He underwent surgical repair and following intensive rehabilitation, he returned to baseline physical activity 6 months post injury.

  • emergency medicine
  • trauma
  • orthopaedics
  • sports and exercise medicine
  • tendon rupture

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  • Contributors JF: Lead author. RE: Case writing. DM: Supervising consultant.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.