Partial semitendinosus tendon tear in a young athlete: a case report and review of the distal semitendinosus anatomy


Distal semitendinosus tears have been infrequently reported in the radiology literature, and a detailed description of the anatomy and imaging features of these injuries is lacking. The semitendinosus tendon is clinically relevant, as it is frequently grafted in knee ligament reconstructions and plays an important role in performing competitive activities. We present a case of a 31-year old man who developed a partial semitendinosus tear during competitive training. This case highlights the common clinical and imaging findings found with distal semitendinosus tears, and explores the various modalities available to treat this injury. We also review the clinically pertinent anatomy of the distal semitendinosus tendon and discuss the pitfalls that musculoskeletal radiologists may encounter, to avoid misdiagnosing these rare injuries.


Autor / Fonte:Lakshmanan Sivasundaram, George R Matcuk, Eric A White, George F Rick Hatch, Dakshesh B Patel Skeletal Radiology 2015 April 9