Lateral radiograph of the kneeBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2244 (Published 24 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2244
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I have to concur with Dr Whitehead regarding the correct term for patella ligament (and not tendon) as reference from surgical anatomical text for tri-college of surgeons in UK (Ellis: Clinical Anatomy: Applied Anatomy for Students and Junior Doctors) and Australia (McMinn: Last's Anatomy)(Any edition).
However I can also attest that the term 'patellar tendon' is heard much more than 'patellar ligament', in circles of orthopaedic surgeons and trainees I am part of.
Perhaps the power of Vox Populi will prompt a change the use of the term in the next edition of Terminologia Anatomica?
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According to the 1998 terminologia anatomica and Gray's Anatomy, the part labelled B is correctly termed the patellar ligament, not the patellar tendon. Notwithstanding this, there is evidence from ovine models, that utilised electron microscopy, which supports labelling it as a tendon, as it is here.
J Bone Joint Surg Br 2008 vol. 90-B no. SUPP II 375
Dr. Harry Whitehead
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