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The microvascular anatomy of the calcaneal tendon was investigated in cadaver tendons by injection of barium sulphate and indian ink and a quantitative study of intratendinous blood supply was made, using a computer-assisted image analysis system. There was a reduction in both the number and the mean relative area of vessels in the mid-section of the tendon. This area of reduced vascularity may be of significance in the pathogenesis of rupture.


Journal article


The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date





100 - 101


Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Headington, Oxford, England.


Achilles Tendon, Microcirculation, Humans, Angiography, Aged, Middle Aged