Anterior talofibular ligament tear

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Ankle twist - 6 wks back. C/o pain, swelling lateral ankle region.

Patient Data

Age: 23 yrs
Gender: Male

Initial radiograph - No bony injury ( Not uploaded, No copyright )

Anterior talo-fibular ligament   - not visualized - complete tear

Anterior tibio - fibular ligament            - Intact, normal.

Calcano-fibular ligament         - thick, hypoechoic.

Peroneal tendons                    - Intact.- Normal echopattern.

There is ankle joint effusion. Fluid in region of talofibular ligament is seen extending upto subcutaneous plane in antero-lateral ankle region.

Case Discussion

There is complete tear of anterior talofibular ligament with tear of overlying joint capsule suggested by joint fluid extension to subcutaneous plane. There is calcano-fibular ligament sprain. 

MR was done; showing similar findings ( not uploaded, no copy right ).

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Case information

rID: 46877
Published: 22nd Jul 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included