Bipartite medial cuneiform

A bipartite medial cuneiform is an anatomical variant where there are two ossification centers involving the medial cuneiform. In many cases, the overall shape of the medial cuneiform is conserved, although the size of the two combined bones is larger than that of a normal medial cuneiform.

The estimated incidence is thought to be ~1% (range 0.3-2.4%) of the general population with the majority (~85%) reported in males 7.

Some patients may have additional associations which include:

Most patients are asymptomatic although occasionally some patients can present with pain.

Bipartite medial cuneiforms are divided by an oblique/horizontal synchondrosis and/or syndesmosis into a smaller dorsal ossicle and larger plantar ossicle 7.

A lateral foot radiograph (30° angled) may give an "E" sign with the two bones most often dorsal and plantar viewed end on.

May also give an "E" sign when viewed on sagittal images. MRI also allows direct visualization of anatomy as well as an appreciation of any signal abnormality along the synchondrosis.

Symptomatic cases may benefit from intervention ranging from various nonoperative measures to surgical excision.

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 40524
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bipartite medial cuneiform bone
  • Bi-partite medial cuneiform

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