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Chirurgia Del Piede 2008 December;32(3):131-7

language: Italian

Bilateral Accessory Soleus in a young athlete: case report and literature’s review

Faletti C. 1, Fruscio L. 1, Regis G. 1, Faletti R. 2, Ettorre G. C. 3

1 U.O.A.Radiology C.T.O.-C.R.F.-Maria Adelaide,Torino, Italy
2 University Radiology Departement A.S.O San Giovanni Battista, Torino,Italy
3 Radiology Departement Policlinico Santa Sofia, Catania, Italy


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The soleus accessory muscle is a rare anatomical variation of muscular development in the posterior compartment of the ankle. It usually appears as a soft tissue mass and requires a differential diagnosis from a heteroplastic lesion or an inflammatory process. We should like to present a case of a young patient who came to our observation due to a sprain trauma of the right ankle. A review of international literature on the subject is also presented. The MR has proven to be a resolutive and satisfying technique so as to make a correct diagnostic plan of this anomaly, in as much as not only is it able to determine the precise site and morphology of the accessory muscle, but it also evidences any presence of compensatory hypertophy or association of any other muscle-tendinous structures.

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