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Imaging of Proximal Tibiofibular Joint Instability: A 10 year retrospective case series

      Abstract

      Objective

      Detail the imaging findings in patients with proximal tibiofibular instability treated with surgical stabilization.

      Methods

      Retrospective analysis of preoperative imaging in patients with clinically confirmed tibiofibular instability.

      Results

      Operative fixation of the 16 patients was as follows: 11 using a fiberwire suture construct and 5 using screw fixation. Proximal tibiofibular ligamentous abnormalities were present in 100% of acute (< 6 months) and 85.7% of chronic (>6 months) instability cases who underwent MRI.

      Conclusion

      MRI is sensitive in the evaluation of tibiofibular ligamentous integrity in proximal tibiofibular instability. Chronic instability should be considered in younger adults with isolated tibiofibular osteoarthritis.

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