Partial Delaminated Quadriceps Tendon Rupture: A Case Report

Ryan O'Donnell, James Dove, Jacob M. Babu, Travis Blood, Roman A. Hayda

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Case:We present a case of a 41-year-old male bodybuilder with a partial delaminated quadriceps tendon rupture after a traumatic injury. Partial quadriceps tendon tears are rare overall and usually are treated nonoperatively with conservative management depending on the patient's limitations. He was found to have an intact superficial quadriceps tendon with a partial thickness tear of the vastus intermedius and delamination of the undersurface quadriceps tendon precluding active knee extension.Conclusion:To our knowledge, there has never been a reported partial quadriceps tendon tear with delamination of the undersurface, causing a complete extensor mechanism failure necessitating operative repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20.00631
JournalJBJS case connector
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 25 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • extensor mechanism
  • knee
  • partial quadriceps tendon rupture
  • quadriceps tendon rupture
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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