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Rare case of symptomatic calcific tendinopathy of the origin of rectus femoris tendon
  1. Tarang Jethwa,
  2. Andre Abadin and
  3. George Pujalte
  1. Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tarang Jethwa; jethwa.tarang{at}


Although calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder is a relatively common clinical diagnosis, calcific tendinopathy of the rectus femoris tendon near its origin at the anterior inferior iliac spine is rare. We present a case of a 53-year-old female avid runner with left hip pain. Clinical evaluation and X-ray imaging led to a diagnosis of calcific tendinopathy of the rectus femoris tendon. The patient was treated conservatively with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and rest. Calcific tendinopathy of the rectus femoris tendon can occur rarely in active patients and may be a cause of hip pain, responsive to conservative management, but with other treatment options possible if recalcitrant.

  • general practice / family medicine
  • orthopaedics
  • physiotherapy (rehabilitation)
  • sports and exercise medicine
  • ultrasonography

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  • Contributors The patient was under the care of TJ and supervised by GP. TJ and AA were the major contributors in writing the manuscript. GP reviewed and edited the report. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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