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Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 102–106 | Cite as

MRI of tibialis anterior tendon rupture

  • Robert A. Gallo
  • Brett H. Kolman
  • Richard H. DaffnerEmail author
  • Robert L. Sciulli
  • Catherine C. Roberts
  • Patrick J. DeMeo
Case Report

Abstract

Ruptures of the tibialis anterior tendon are rare. We present the clinical histories and MRI findings of three recent male patients with tibialis anterior tendon rupture aged 58–67 years, all of whom presented with pain over the dorsum of the ankle. Two of the three patients presented with complete rupture showing discontinuity of the tendon, thickening of the retracted portion of the tendon, and excess fluid in the tendon sheath. One patient demonstrated a partial tear showing an attenuated tendon with increased surrounding fluid. Although rupture of the tibialis anterior tendon is a rarely reported entity, MRI is a useful modality in the definitive detection and characterization of tibialis anterior tendon ruptures.

Keywords

MRI Tibialis anterior tendon rupture MRI 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Gallo
    • 1
  • Brett H. Kolman
    • 2
    • 3
  • Richard H. Daffner
    • 2
    Email author
  • Robert L. Sciulli
    • 2
  • Catherine C. Roberts
    • 4
  • Patrick J. DeMeo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryAllegheny General HospitalPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyAllegheny General HospitalPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Servant Institute of RadiologyTulsaUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyMayo ClinicScottsdaleUSA

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