Distal Biceps and Triceps Injuries
James C. Beazley*, Thomas M. Lawrence, Steven J. Drew, Chetan S. Modi
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2017
Issue: Suppl-8, M4
First Page: 1364
Last Page: 1372
Publisher Id: TOORTHJ-11-1364
Article History:Received Date: 02/03/2017
Revision Received Date: 17/07/2017
Acceptance Date: 18/07/2017
Electronic publication date: 30/11/2017
Collection year: 2017
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Rupture of the distal biceps and triceps tendons are relatively uncommon injuries typically occurring in middle-aged males as a result of eccentric loading of the tendon.
A literature search was performed and the authors’ personal experiences reported.
This review discusses the diagnosis, indications and guidelines for management of these injuries and provides a description of the authors’ preferred operative techniques.
Whilst non-operative treatment may be appropriate for patients with low functional demands, surgical management is the preferred option for the majority of patients. We have described a cortical button technique and osseous tunnel technique utilised at our institution for distal biceps and triceps tendon fixation respectively. For biceps or triceps tendon injuries, those receiving an early diagnosis and undergoing surgical intervention, an excellent functional outcome can be expected.