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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Bilateral spontaneous non-traumatic rupture of the Achilles tendon: a case report

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Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Autoren:
Zubair Khanzada, Ulfin Rethnam, David Widdowson, Ahmed Mirza
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-263) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

ZK made substantial contributions by identifying, writing and carrying out the literature search. UR was involved in critically revising the case report. DW helped in performing the imaging and made the imaging studies. AM gave final approval of the manuscript version to be published.
All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Introduction

We present an interesting case of spontaneous non-traumatic bilateral rupture of the Achilles tendons, which is a rare condition. Delayed or missed diagnosis of Achilles tendon ruptures by primary treating physicians is relatively common.

Case report

A 78-year-old Caucasian woman presented with spontaneous non-traumatic bilateral rupture of the Achilles tendons. Her symptoms started two days after she took ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice daily for a urinary tract infection and prednisolone 30 mg once daily for chronic obstructive airway disease.

Conclusion

This case report aims to increase the awareness of this rare condition, which should be borne in mind with regard to patients who are on steroid therapy and are concurrently started on fluoroquinolones.

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