Real-time sonoelastography of the patellar and quadriceps tendons: pattern description in profesional athletes and healthy volunteers.


Aims: The comparison of elastographic features of quadriceps and patellar tendons in a group of professional athletes and healthy volunteers and the description of elasticity characteristics of these tendons. Material and methods: Thirtynine profes- sional athletes (22 male, 17 female; mean age 18.5 years) and 35 healthy volunteers (21 male, 14 female; mean age 19 years) were included. They were divided into two groups by gender. Quadriceps tendon, patellar side of the patellar tendon, and tibial side of the patellar tendon elasticity patterns and strain ratios were investigated with real-time ultrasound elastography. The elasticity features of the dominant leg and non-dominant leg of athletes and volunteers legs were compared. In addition quadriceps and patellar tendons were compared separately for three distinct tendon locations. Results: There was no differ- ence between the athletes and the healthy volunteers and also between the dominant leg and non-dominant leg of athletes. At tendon comparison, the quadriceps tendon was harder than the patellar tendon at both side and patellar side of patellar tendon was found to be stiffer than the tibial side of patellar tendon. Conclusions: Although biomechanical studies showed that tendon stiffness increased after long exercise, no signi cant difference was found between athletes’ and healthy volunteers’ tendon elasticity. These three tendon locations exhibit different elasticity features and the knowledge of the elasticity feature will be useful in assessing tendon pathologies.


Autor / Fonte:Ayse Nur Sirin Ozcan, Sinan Tan, Nuray Gulden Tangal, Saliha C?rac?, Savas Kudas, Suleyman Bulent Bektaser, Halil Arslan Medical Ultrasonography 2016, 18 (3): 299-304