Anterior talofibular ligament tear

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Trauma to ankle - about 1 wk back.

Patient Data

Age: about 40 yrs
Gender: Female

Ankle radiographs - no fracture. ( Not uploaded, No copyright ). Referred for ATFL evaluation.

Anterior talo-fibular ligament   - Loss of normal echopattern,

                                                 - hypoechoic

                                                 - full thickness fluid cleft at fibular attachment region

Anterior tibio - fibular ligament - Intact, normal.

Calcano-fibular ligament            - Mild thickening with patchy hypoechoic areas 

                                                   - No breach in continuty.

Case Discussion

Ultrasound findings suggest tear of anterior talo-fibular ligament at fibular attachment site, and possible mild sprain of calcno-fibular ligament.

MRI was done. Not uploaded. No copyright.

Surgery was done. It was tear of anterior talo-fibular ligament ( Source - operating surgeon ).

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Case information

rID: 40488
Published: 23rd Oct 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included