Combined rupture of the patellar tendon, anterior cruciate ligament and lateral meniscus. A case report and a review of the literature

Hippokratia 2011; 15(2):178-180

A. Tsarouhas, M. Iosifidis, D. Kotzamitelos, S. Traios


Simultaneous rupture of both the patellar tendon and the anterior cruciate ligament is a relatively rare injury. Its diagnosis can easily be missed during the initial examination. Treatment options include immediate repair of the patellar tendon with either simultaneous or delayed reconstruction of the ACL. We present the case of a combined rupture of the patellar tendon, the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral meniscus in a 38-year old recreational martial arts athlete after a direct kick on his left knee. A two-stage treatment approach was performed with an excellent functional outcome.