Dynamic ultrasonography of capsulo-ligamentous knee joint traumas

L. De Flaviis, R. Nessi, M. Leonardi, M. Ulivi

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Ultrasonography was performed on 10 patients with acute posttraumatic conditions of the knee in which X-ray films could exclude the presence of fractures. In 2 of 10 cases, the sonographic picture was normal; in the remaining 8 patients, ultrasonography disclosed capsulo-ligamentous lesions of different degrees of severity that were confirmed by surgery in 5 of 8 cases. The main sonographic signs of articular traumas were abnormal widening of the joint space (7 cases), intra-arterial hemorrhage (8 cases), rupture of the medial collateral ligament (4 cases), or irregularity of its structure (3 cases). Ultrasonography is proposed as an effective and simple first-line method for the study of knee joint traumas. It can be performed in all cases presenting with painful joint swelling without radiographic evidence of fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-492
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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