Open re-rupture of the Achilles tendon after surgical treatment

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Mitsuru Hanada *
Masaaki Takahashi
Yukihiro Matsuyama
(*) Corresponding Author:
Mitsuru Hanada |


The rate of re-rupture of Achilles tendon after surgical treatment were reported to 1.7-5.6% previously. Re-rupture of Achilles tendon generally occurs subcutaneously. We experienced two rare cases of the open re-ruptures of Achilles tendon with a transverse wound perpendicular to the primary surgical incision. Re-rupture occurred 4 and 13 weeks after surgical treatment. We suggest that open re-rupture correlates more closely with skin scaring and shortening. Another factor may be adhesion between the subcutaneous scar and the suture of the paratenon and Achilles tendon with post-operative immobilization.

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Yukihiro Matsuyama, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine