Lateral ankle ligaments injury
One week prior to the ultrasound, the patient had a left ankle inversion injury while running between the wickets at cricket. Immobilization was done on the same day. He was referred for an ultrasound to check the lateral ankle ligaments.
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- mild effusion in the anterior recess
Anterior talofibular ligament
- loss of continuity at the proximal end suggested by a full-thickness fluid cleft
- the rest of the ligament is edematous
- continuity is maintained
- the ligament is edematous, hypoechoic in its caudal half
Anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
- intact with normal echo pattern
Ultrasound findings favor a lateral ankle ligament injury which is a common sports-related injury due to inversion.
- Sharmaine McKiernan, Michelle Fenech, Deborah Fox, Ian Stewart. Sonography of the ankle: The lateral ankle and ankle sprains. (2017) Sonography. 4 (4): 146. doi:10.1002/sono.12120
- M. Precerutti, M. Bonardi, G. Ferrozzi, F. Draghi. Sonographic anatomy of the ankle. (2014) Journal of Ultrasound. 17 (2): 79. doi:10.1007/s40477-013-0025-x - Pubmed