Adductor longus ruptures in elite sportsmen—pitfalls of surgical repair: a report of two cases

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Abstract

Insertional tendinopathy of the adductor longus is a common and problematic condition in elite athletes and may lead to rupture. Previous literature has reported good outcomes in these patients when these ruptures are treated with both surgical and non-operative management. This paper will discuss the available literature on management of adductor tears and describe two case reports of deep infection following surgical repair of ruptures in soccer players and the effects this had on their profession. We conclude that, given the overall evidence of conservative management of adductor tears and possible complications associated with the surgery that these cases highlight, acute adductor tears in the majority should be treated conservatively.

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