Apophysis of the proximal 5th metatarsal

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad


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Patient Data

Age: 12 years
Gender: Female

The apophysis of the proximal 5th metatarsal lies laterally and is oriented longitudinally parallel to the shaft and should not be confused with an avulsion fracture.

Case Discussion

Apophysis of the fifth metatarsal base appears on plain radiographs before age 12 for boys and 10 for girls. The fusion of the apophysis to the metatarsal base usually occurs within the following 2-4 years.

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Case information

rID: 87370
Published: 1st Mar 2021
Last edited: 2nd Mar 2021
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Tabesh medical imaging center

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