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Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Bilateral Patellar Tendon Rupture

  • Author(s): Ogle, Kathleen
  • Mandoorah, Sohaib
  • Fellin, Matthew
  • Shokoohi, Hamid
  • Probasco, William
  • Boniface, Keith
  • et al.

Musculoskeletal complaints are one cornerstone of urgent issues for which orthopedic and emergency physicians provide care. Ultrasound can be a useful diagnostic tool to help identify musculoskeletal injuries. We describe a case of bilateral patellar tendon rupture that presented after minor trauma, and had the diagnosis confirmed at the bedside by point-of-care ultrasound.Physicians caring for patients with orthopedic injuries should be familiar with the use of ultrasound to diagnose tendon ruptures.

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