Young adult with history of RTA shows complete tear of patellar tendon midsubstance with involvement of retinacula , retraction of patella with extensive haemorrhage and oedema of the soft tissues with involvement of hoffas pad of fat. ACL shows tear as associated finding. Case submitted by Mr Sahadev Gupta, Hariom, Dr Akshay & Dr MGK Murthy
- Rectus femoris fibres continue down the anterior aspect of patella as patellar tendon.
- Vastus lateralis continues as lateral and medialis continues as medial retinaculum and these are often involved in patellar tendon rupture.
- MRI is the modality of choice though high frequency USG would show acute tear as hypoechoic region in experienced hands.
- Treatment is surgical repair as early as possible and preferably after 4-7 days to reduce the post surgical infection due haematoma before that