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Bone suture anchor repair and functional outcome of a triceps tendon rupture, a rare clinical entity
  1. Pieter Willem Johannes Lozekoot,
  2. Juul Jeanne Wilhelmus Tegels,
  3. Raoul van Vugt and
  4. Erik Robert de Loos
  1. Department of Surgery, Zuyderland Medical Center, Heerlen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Erik Robert de Loos; e.deloos{at}zuyderland.nl

Abstract

Triceps tendon rupture is rare and easily missed on presentation. A 58-year-old man was seen in our accident and emergency department with an inability to extend his right elbow against gravity after he fell. Ultrasound and MRI confirmed the suspected diagnosis of a traumatic triceps tendon rupture and excluded additional injuries. Surgical repair was carried out by a bone anchor suture reinsertion of the tendon to the olecranon. After 2 weeks of cast immobilisation, an early active range of motion (ROM) rehabilitation schedule was followed, resulting in excellent elbow function at 12 weeks postoperatively.

In conclusion, it is important to suspect this rare injury and use additional studies to confirm the diagnosis of triceps tendon rupture. Also, good clinical outcome with regards to function can be achieved using bone anchor suture repair and an early active ROM rehabilitation schedule.

  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery
  • musculoskeletal and joint disorders

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  • Contributors PWJL: conception or design of the work, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, drafting the article. JT: conception or design of the work, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, drafting the article. RvV: conception or design of the work, drafting the article, critical revision of the article, final approval of the version to be published. EdL: conception or design of the work, drafting the article, critical revision of the article, final approval of the version to be published.

  • 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.