Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2017; 21(04): 433-442
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604002
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Musculotendinous Disorders in the Lower Leg

Joel S. Newman
1  Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention, Department of Radiology, Tufts University School of Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
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Publication Date:
03 August 2017 (online)


Musculotendinous injury in the lower leg is associated with a variety of athletic activities. Myotendinous strain is typically localized to the posterior calf muscles, with involvement of the medial head of gastrocnemius muscle most common. Nontraumatic soft tissue injuries of the lower leg, including muscle herniation, are less frequently imaged. Ruptured popliteal cysts and deep vein thrombosis are important differential considerations in the patient presenting with acute calf pain and swelling.