Bipartite 5th metatarsal apophysis

Case contributed by Dr Servet Kahveci


Recent trauma, pain at right 2nd and 3rd toe

Patient Data

Age: 11 years
Gender: Female

No fracture. Incidental bifid (bipartite) apophysis of the proximal fifth metatarsal bone.

Case Discussion

Irregular ossification of the 5th metatarsal bone apophysis is common. The 5th metatarsal apophysis also may be bifid (bipartite). The apophysis of the base of the 5th metatarsal bone and its variants should not be confused with fracture.

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