Muscular dystrophies are degenerative diseases that affect primarily skeletal muscles. Most studies of muscular dystrophy focus on muscles, but tendons are an important part of the musculotendon complex that transmits forces from muscles to bones. As the disease progresses, tendon shortening occurs, and some patients require tendon release or cord lengthening surgery to increase tendon length . Despite the prevalence of these surgeries, very little is known about the mechanical properties of tendons in muscular dystrophy patients, or how they change as the tendon remodels or compensate in response to muscle degeneration.
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Reduced Compliance in Patellar Tendons From a Mouse Model of Muscular Dystrophy
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Wagner, H, Lowe, D, & Barocas, V. "Reduced Compliance in Patellar Tendons From a Mouse Model of Muscular Dystrophy." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA. June 20–23, 2012. pp. 381-382. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2012-80762
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