Sonographic evaluation of tears of the gastrocnemius medial head ('tennis leg')

Stefano Bianchi, Carlo Martinoli, Ibrahim Fikry Abdelwahab, Lorenzo E. Derchi, Sandro Damiani

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Rupture of the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle, or tennis leg, is a common lesion affecting middle-aged persons. An imaging examination may be needed to rule out other diseases and assess the severity of the tear. We reviewed the sonographic images of 65 patients with clinically suspected tennis leg. Fifty-one partial and 14 complete tears were diagnosed. Twenty- five patients had follow-up examinations (15 days to 24 months; mean, 45 days). The torn muscle fibers, hematoma, and the reparative process were appreciated by ultrasonography. Ultrasonography may be a useful noninvasive, low-cost modality for diagnosis and follow-up of tennis leg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998


  • Gastrocnemius muscle
  • Muscle, trauma
  • Soft tissue, injuries
  • Tennis leg, Muscle strain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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