5| Volume 18, SUPPLEMENT 1, e2, December 2014

Treat the donut, not the hole: The pathological Achilles and patellar tendon has sufficient amounts normal tendon structure

      Introduction: Tendon pathology has been extensively described using conventional ultrasound imaging as tendon thickening, increased Doppler flow and hypoechoic lesions representing matrix disorganisation. A number of medical interventions, such as platelet rich plasma and stem cells, propose to regenerate these areas of disorganisation to increase the tendons load bearing capacity. However, despite the presence of structural disorganisation within the tendon no studies have investigated if pathological tendons have a decreased volume of normal tendon structure in comparison to normal tendons.
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