Ankle joint effusion

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


9 year old boy with inversion injury to right ankle.

Modality: X-ray

Ankle joint effusion


Modality: Annotated image

Ankle joint effusion


Case Discussion

Lateral radiograph demonstates a nice example of an ankle joint effusion within the anterior recess. The joint effusion is seen as a teardrop-shaped or ovoid soft tissue density displacing the anterior fat pad. A less well defined portion of the effusion is also seen within the posterior recess.

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Case Information

rID: 10534
Case created: 20th Aug 2010
Last edited: 26th Sep 2015
Tag: ankle
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