Category Archives: Tendons

Acute rotator cuff tears

A possible complication of acute shoulder trauma. Unlike chronic tears, an acute tear needs fairly urgent repair but is easily missed. If a person cannot lift their arm past 90 deg following acute shoulder trauma, they need same-day X-ray and … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Achilles tendon rupture

Another one from the archives; this one from the BJGP of December 2015. Acute Achilles tendon rupture is easily missed, since a patient may demonstrate all of the following on examination: Lack of a palpable gap in the tendon – … Continue reading

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Achilles tendon rupture

Risk factors include: Age Quinolones Steroids (systemic or previous injections in/around tendon) Achilles tendinopathy Be aware that even a complete rupture may not be painful, and that patients with an Achilles tendon rupture may still be able to stand on … Continue reading

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BMJ 2010: 341: 897 – 946 (30th October)

This issue contained a study on providing antenatal screening for thalassaemia and sickle-cell in general practice. We should, apparently, be offering this screening when pregnant women first book in, so that they have positive results as early as possible in … Continue reading

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