Spontaneous Rupture of the Achilles Tendon

  • George Nilton Nunes Mendes Faculdade de Medicina do ABCHospital Regional do Cariri
  • André Luis Sant’Anna
  • Francisco Bruno Celião Cabral
  • Jully Graziela Coelho Campos Couto
  • Woneska Rodrigues Pinheiro
  • Lillyane Medeiros Pereira
  • Hermes Melo Teixeira Batista


Introduction: The Achilles tendon is the largest and most resistant tendon of the human body and the incidence of spontaneous rupture has increased in recent decades, especially because of the appearance and wide use of quinolones, which use is associated with this pathology. Objective: Case report of case of spontaneous rupture of the Achilles tendon in patients without predisposing risk factors. Method: case report based on the records of the patient and search in literature. Discussion: Spontaneous rupture of the Achilles tendon is more common in men aged between 30 and 50 years old and has an incidence of 1:100,000 in the general population. However, there is a rare entity, the spontaneous rupture of the Achilles tendon (RETA), which it is due to chronic inflammation of the tendon. Conclusion: Spontaneous rupture of the Achilles tendon is a rare entity, but should be suspected in patients who present acute pain condition or maybe worsened chronic pain, particularly when associated with the chronic use of corticosteroids or quinolones, or any of the cited predisposing factors.

Dec 12, 2016
How to Cite
NUNES MENDES, George Nilton et al. Spontaneous Rupture of the Achilles Tendon. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, dec. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1364>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2232.
Traumatology and Orthopedics


Achilles tendon; tendon rupture; quinolones

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