Unusual traumatic triceps tendon avulsion rupture: A word of caution

  • Chan A
  • Lo C
  • Lam H
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Triceps tendon rupture is a rare condition. The usual mechanism of injury is a fall on an outstretched hand, although direct contact injuries have also been reported to cause this injury. A 67-year-old woman presented with injuries caused by direct impact to her right elbow after a fall. X-rays of the elbow demonstrated the cardinal clinical 'gap' and 'flake' signs. It is necessary to be aware of this injury and perform a careful examination at the time of the initial presentation, as the signs of this injury are usually subtle. Most reported primary repairs have been performed with non-absorbable transosseous sutures. In this case report, we show how using suture anchors for reattachment is a technically feasible alternative operative method providing a good surgical outcome.

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  • Elbow
  • Muscle skeletal
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rupture
  • Tendon injuries

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  • ISSN: 10242708
  • PUI: 355331083
  • SGR: 70349419635
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-70349419635
  • PMID: 19652239


  • A. P H Chan

  • C. K. Lo

  • H. Y. Lam

  • K. Y. Fung

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