Bilateral spontaneous atraumatic rupture of the Achilles tendon in an athlete

Karaaslan F., Yurdakul E., Baloglu M., MERMERKAYA M. U., Karaoglu S.

American Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol.34, no.1, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


© 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.We report a case of spontaneous, bilateral Achilles rupture in a 33-year-old man with no specific risk factors. The rupture occurred after a heavy impact during a sports activity, and although the rupture was painful, hewas able tomobilize slowly. After a clinical examination confirmed the diagnosis, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of the Achilles tendons revealed bilateral ruptures. The patient underwent bilateral conservative treatment and subsequently embarked on a comprehensive rehabilitation program with a good functional outcome at follow-up. The patient's return to premorbid work and social life was uneventful. A spontaneous rupture in a patient without any predisposing risk factors is uncommon, and for it to occur bilaterally is notably rare.