We have measured the length of the patellar tendon in a small number of cases, using normal lateral roentgenograms.
A gradual increase in the length of the tendon after the close of the growth period is noted. This is assumed to be due to stretching of elastic connective tissue.
A table with the derived normal lengths is presented.
We feel that in some large center further studies on a larger series of cases should be made.
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