n International SportMed Journal - Pathology of chronic achilles-tendon injuries in athletes
|Article Title||Pathology of chronic achilles-tendon injuries in athletes|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Author||Maureen C. Ashe, Karim M. Khan, Nicola Maffulli, Hakan Alfredson and Jill L. Cook|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Pages||1 - 11|
|Keyword(s)||Achilles tendinopathy, Achilles-tendon rupture, Collagen, Histopathology, Nomenclature and Tendinitis|
Overuse tendon conditions have traditionally been considered to result from an inflammatory process and were treated as such. Microscopic examination of abnormal Achilles-tendon tissues, however, reveals a noninflammatory degenerative process. The histopathology found in surgical specimens in patients with chronic overuse Achilles tendinopathy and those with Achilles-tendon rupture are reviewed. Seminal studies suggest that so-called tendinitis is a rare condition that might occur occasionally in the Achilles tendon in association with a primary tendinosis. These data have clinical implications and require a review of the traditional classification of pathologies seen in tendon conditions. The authors recommend that nomenclature be based on histopathological findings rather than traditional hypothesis.
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