Patient with Severe Pain and Hematoma of the Bicep

By Hayan Ibraheem, MD and Aziz Shaibani, MD

A male patient presented with sudden severe pain of the left biceps when he was on the commode and tried to shut a door with his left arm. A hematoma was noticed afterward. The patient had experienced similar symptoms in different arms and leg muscles over the previous two years. He has a history of ankylosing spondylitis and Addison disease. He is on prednisone 15 mg daily and recently repeated courses of Ciprofloxacin for a urinary tract infection. MRI scan revealed attenuated and ruptured bicep tendons. The patient had a normal SR, ANA, and no family history.

The followings are risk factors for recurrent tendons rupture, except:

1. Chronic steroid therapy

2. Inflammatory arthritides

3. Lisinopril

4. Fluoroquinolones

5. Repeated trauma to the joints

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