Translated title of the contribution: Triceps tendon ruptures

Sebastian Lappen, Pavel Kadantsev, Sebastian Siebenlist

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Ruptures of the triceps tendon occur most commonly as distal avulsion injuries on the olecranon, while proximal triceps tendon ruptures are considered a rarity. Ruptures typically occur due to traumatic events or severe load situations. Distal triceps tendon tears often present as load-dependent posterior elbow pain or loss of strength in extension, while proximal triceps tendon tears present as posterior shoulder pain. In addition to reduced extension strength and increased pain during forced extension against resistance, a palpable indentation along the length of the tendon is a typical finding of distal triceps tendon ruptures. While both partial and complete ruptures can be shown in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound examinations, in some cases a bony avulsion can additionally be seen in X‑ray imaging. Smaller partial ruptures can be treated conservatively with temporary immobilization; however, complete ruptures or larger partial ruptures should be treated surgically by means of anatomical refixation of the tendon.

Translated title of the contributionTriceps tendon ruptures
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


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