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Partial isolated rupture of the popliteus tendon in a professional soccer player: a case report

Pier Paolo Mariani* and Fabrizio Margheritini

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Department of Health Sciences, Unit of Sports Traumatology, Piazza L. de Bosis 6, University of Rome "Foro Italico", I-00135 Rome, Italy

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Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology 2009, 1:18  doi:10.1186/1758-2555-1-18

Published: 31 July 2009


The complete isolated rupture of the popliteus tendon has been described as a rare injury and this report describes the case of a 31-year-old soccer player who sustained a partial rupture of the popliteus tendon during a game. The injury was suspected clinically and at MRI but confirmed only by the arthroscopic examination. The treatment consisted in open debridment with no tendon repair or augmentation. Seven weeks post-operation the patient was symptom-free and returned to competitive professional soccer at the same preinjury level. The clinical and arthroscopic findings of the case reported suggest a possible overuse disease with degenerative expression.