Surgical repair of rupture of the pectoralis major muscle: a case report

J Trauma. 1976 Sep;16(9):749-50. doi: 10.1097/00005373-197609000-00013.


Rupture of the pectoralis major muscle in a healthy male weight lifter is described. Complete avulsion of its insertion was surgically repaired by suturing followed by immobilization for 6 weeks. Two years later the patient won a national championship by lifting 455 lb in bench-press, and has recovered full function of the shoulder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pectoralis Muscles / injuries
  • Pectoralis Muscles / surgery*
  • Rupture
  • Weight Lifting