Results of primary repair of distal triceps tendon ruptures in a general population

G. Giannicola, G. Bullitta, Roberto Rotini, L. Murena, D. Blonna, M. Iapicca, G. Restuccia, G. Merolla, M. Fontana, A. Greco, M. Scacchi, G. Cinotti

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Aims The aim of the study was to analyze the results of primary tendon reinsertion in acute and chronic distal triceps tendon ruptures (DTTRs) in the general population. Patients and Methods A total of 28 patients were operated on for primary DTTR reinsertions, including 21 male patients and seven female patients with a mean age of 45 years (14 to 76). Of these patients, 23 sustained an acute DTTR and five had a chronic injury. One patient had a non-simultaneous bilateral DTTR. Seven patients had DTTR-associated ipsilateral fracture or dislocation. Comorbidities were present in four patients. Surgical treatment included transosseous and suture-anchors reinsertion in 22 and seven DTTRs, respectively. The clinical evaluation was performed using Mayo Elbow Performance Score (MEPS), the modified American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Score (m-ASES), the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand score (QuickDASH), and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Scale. Results A total of 27 patients (28 DTTRs) were available for review at a mean of 47.5 months (12 to 204). The mean MEPS, QuickDASH, and m-ASES scores were 94 (60 to 100), 10 (0 to 52), and 94 (58 to 100), respectively. Satisfactory results were observed in 26 cases (93%). Muscle strength was 5/5 and 4/5 in 18 and ten DTTRs, respectively. One patient with chronic renal failure experienced a traumatic rerupture of distal triceps. One patient (1 DTTR) experienced mild elbow stiffness. Conclusion Primary repair of acute and chronic DTTRs in a general population yields satisfactory results in the majority of patients with a low rerupture rate. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2018;100-B:610-16.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-616
Number of pages7
JournalThe bone & joint journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018


  • Elbow
  • Tendon injury
  • Tendon reconstruction
  • Tendon reinsertion
  • Trauma
  • Triceps tendon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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