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SIMULTANEOUS RUPTURE OF THE QUADRICEPS EXTENSOR TENDON OF ONE KNEE, AND OF THE TENDO ACHILLES OF THE OTHER KNEE-REPORT OF AN OPERATIVE CASE, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE TECHNIQUE EMPLOYED.*

Jno. E. Summers, M. D., Omaha, Neb.

IMULTANEOUS rupture of the quadriceps extensor tendon of one knee, and of the tendo Achillis of the other knee is a very rare accident. I have been unable to find any satistics on this point, and my own clinical experience and knowledge of the experiences of some of my friends inclines me to the opinion to the opinion that relatively few such accidents have been observed. I have been unable to find the reports of any, yet undoubtedly they have been seen. Sim. ultaneous fracture of both patellae has been occasionally reported, and surgeons of large experience in traumatic surgery have treated such cases.

The subject of this report, Mrs. A., age 45; weight about 160 pounds; of good family and personal history, the wife of a ranch-man, in making a false step off of the back porch of her home, fell in such a way as to alight upon both feet, while the weight of the body was thrown backward as the knees flexed. The ligamentum patellae of the left knee was ruptured and the quadriceps extensor tendon of the right knee was ruptured. Both knee joints soon became badly swollen, so much so that when the attending physician arrived some hours later, it was difficult to tell exactly what the nature of the accident was. No special treat

*Read before the Medical Society of the Missouri Valley at Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sept. 1, 1910.

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