Pectoralis Major Ruptures

  • Usman Butt
  • Puneet Monga


Ruptures of the pectoralis major tendon have traditionally been considered a rare injury, but there has been a rise in the number of reported cases over the last decade. The majority of cases occur in young adult males engaging in strenuous sporting activities such as weight training, and there is an association with the use of anabolic steroids. A thorough understanding of the mechanisms and presenting features with an early referral for specialist assessment and treatment can improve long-term outcomes. Early surgical treatment is the preferred management option in the majority of cases with non-operative management considered for late presentation, partial tears, muscle belly tears, and those occurring in the frail and low-demand subgroup of patients.


Pectoralis major Tendon rupture Bench press Anabolic steroids Sports injury Bench press Soft tissue injury 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Usman Butt
    • 1
  • Puneet Monga
    • 1
  1. 1.Wrightington Upper Limb Unit, Wrightington HospitalWiganUK

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