Bilateral spontaneous atraumatic rupture of the Achilles tendon in an athlete


Karaaslan F., Yurdakul E., Baloglu M., Mermerkaya M. U. , Karaoglu S.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, vol.34, no.1, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ajem.2015.04.037
  • Title of Journal : AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Abstract

We report a case of spontaneous, bilateral Achilles rupture in a 33-year-old man with no specific risk factors. The rupture occurred after a heavy impact during a sports activity, and although the rupture was painful, he was able to mobilize slowly. After a clinical examination confirmed the diagnosis, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of the Achilles tendons revealed bilateral ruptures. The patient underwent bilateral conservative treatment and subsequently embarked on a comprehensive rehabilitation program with a good functional outcome at follow-up. The patient's return to premorbid work and social life was uneventful. A spontaneous rupture in a patient without any predisposing risk factors is uncommon, and for it to occur bilaterally is notably rare.