Ankle tear drop sign

Ankle tear drop sign is one of the radiological signs of an ankle joint effusion. It represents the presence of fluid in the inferior part of anterior compartment of ankle.



Radiographic appearance

Plain radiograph

This sign is appreciated on a lateral radiograph of ankle which is seen as a tear drop shaped opacity that extends anteriorly from tibio-talar joint and continued along neck of talus.

There are several other tear drops, please see the disambiguation article here.

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rID: 26092
Sections: Signs, Gamuts
Tags: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tear drop sign of ankle
  • Tear drop sign - ankle

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