Spontaneous Unilateral Achilles Tendon Rupture With Corticosteroid Use for Microscopic Polyangiitis

Jie Shen Fok, Tuck Yean Yong, Jordan Yuanzhi Li


Achilles tendon rupture is increasingly reported in patients treated with corticosteroid and fluoroquinolones. We report about a patient who sustained a spontaneous non-traumatic Achilles tendon rupture while he was taking oral corticosteroid for the treatment of microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). This patient’s tendon rupture was treated with a non-surgical approach because of his age, immunocompromised state and delay in presentation. The rupture healed gradually and his corticosteroid dose was weaned as the MPA improved.

J Med Cases. 2013;4(5):304-306
doi: https://doi.org/10.4021/jmc1270e


Achilles tendon; Corticosteroid; Microscopic polyangiitis; Rupture

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