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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


J Bone Joint Surg Br

Publication Date





100 - 101


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