Sports-induced spontaneous rupture of the extensor pollicis longus tendon

J Hand Surg Am. 1992 May;17(3):457-8. doi: 10.1016/0363-5023(92)90348-s.


Two cases of spontaneous extensor pollicis longus tendon rupture are presented. One occurred in a 17-year-old diver and the other in a 69-year-old physician tennis player. Neither patient experienced pain, and only the diver had premonitory wrist discomfort. The diver was treated by an extensor indicis proprius transfer. The physician denied any disability and elected to have no treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aged
  • Diving / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rupture
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology*
  • Tennis / injuries*
  • Thumb*