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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.

Type

Journal

J Bone Joint Surg Br

Publication Date

01/1989

Volume

71

Pages

100 - 101

Keywords

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