Total Knee Arthroplasty Complicated by Partial Quadriceps Tendon Rupture: A Case Report

Ivan Chernev, George Orphanos, Lauren Chambers


Disruption of the extensor mechanism after total knee arthroplasty is a rare but serious complication. It may involve the patellar tendon, patella or quadriceps tendon. Quadriceps tendon ruptures are less common and relatively few reports in the literature have addressed this complication. In particular, treatment guidelines for management of partial quadriceps rupture after total knee arthroplasty are lacking. Herein, we present the surgical technique and outcome of a patient with traumatic partial quadriceps tendon rupture after total knee arthroplasty using FiberTape and double figure of eight technique plus augmentation with TissueMend.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(1):18-20


Total knee arthroplasty; Partial quadriceps tendon rupture; Complication

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