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Neglected Achilles tendon rupture associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report and a brief review of the literature
  1. Flávia Pinto Moreira,
  2. António Sousa and
  3. Sara Machado
  1. Orthopedics Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João, Porto, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Flávia Pinto Moreira; flaviaandreiapintomoreira{at}


We report a case about a 69-year-old man, suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diagnosed with a neglected Achilles tendon rupture. Considering the large Achilles tendon gap and the bad quality of the autologous tendons caused by rheumatoid disease, a reconstruction using an Achilles tendon with calcaneus bone block allograft was performed, with excellent clinical and functional outcomes.

  • orthopaedics
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • tendon rupture
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery

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  • Contributors FPM: writing, AS: writing and review, SM: writing and review.

  • 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.