An early complication of the surgical management of Sinding–Larsen–Johansson disease

  • James Edmund ArbuthnotEmail author
  • Adam Hoad-Reddick
  • Michael J. McNicholas
Case Report


Jumper’s knee, or Sinding–Larsen–Johansson disease, is a common inflammatory tendinopathy of the patella tendon and inferior pole of the patella. It usually responds to conservative management. We present a case in an individual when conservative methods were unsuccessful and surgical treatment was employed. Post-operatively his recovery was complicated by a traumatic complete tear of the mid-substance of the patella tendon requiring further surgery. This case highlights the need for careful consideration of the complications of surgery in this condition, which has a variable response to non-operative treatment modalities.


Jumper’s knee Sinding–Larsen–Johansson disease Surgical treatment 


Conflict of interest statement

The authors received no financial assistance in support of the carrying out of this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Edmund Arbuthnot
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adam Hoad-Reddick
    • 2
  • Michael J. McNicholas
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Trauma and OrthopaedicsUniversity Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS TrustCoventryUK
  2. 2.Wrightington HospitalWiganUK
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumaWarrington HospitalWarringtonUK

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