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Tendo Achillis rupture; surgical repair is a safe option.

Mellor SJ, Patterson MH. Injury 2000 Sep;31(7):489-91.

We reviewed the results of 67 tendo Achillis repairs performed at one District General Hospital over a 5-year period, using details from a comprehensive database. At a mean follow-up of 2.5 years, the re-rupture rate was 3% (2 out of 67). The infection rate was 1.5% (1 out of 67). A review of the relevant literature has revealed that quoted infection rates following tendo Achillis repair vary considerably, and are as high as 21%. Several authors have advised against repair based on those data. In the light of our results, we can recommend surgical repair of tendo Achillis rupture as a safe option.

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