[Pectoralis maior tendon rupture and anabolic steroids in anamnesis--a case review]

Rozhl Chir. 2008 Jul;87(7):380-3.
[Article in Czech]


Introduction: Muscle building, gaining in popularity, and availability of anabolic steroids are connected with raised incidence of tendon injuries in uncommon locations.

Case review: The author describes a case of an injured body builder treated for the major pectoral muscle's tendon rupturing, and, later on, for the quadriceps tendon and distal bicipital tendon ruptures. The m. pectoralis major tendon rupture was managed surgically-including tendon reinsertion, temporary immobilization and gradual rehabilitation with dosed loading. The treatment resulted in full recovery and the patient was able to resume common and sport activities.

Discussion: The study assessed the role of steroids in development of tendon injuries, as well as their treatment methods. Based on his experience, the author, as well as other authors, favours indication for early surgical management to conservative treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anabolic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pectoralis Muscles
  • Rupture
  • Tendon Injuries / chemically induced*
  • Weight Lifting / injuries*


  • Anabolic Agents