Friday, November 11, 2011

Low-Lying Peroneus Brevis Muscle Belly

A low-lying peroneus brevis muscle belly is one that has muscle tissue extending beyond the retromalleolar groove and the distal tip of the fibula. Between ~10%-25% of patients with a peroneus longus or brevis tendon tear have a low-lying peroneus brevis muscle belly when examined by MRI, suggesting that this variant can predispose the muscle and tendon to tears. It is thought that increased muscle mass in the retromalleolar groove causes overcrowding and results in peroneal tendon injury. A similar mechanism is thought to underlie the association of the presence of a peroneus quartus muscle to peroneal tendon tears.

The main differential consideration for the appearance of a low-lying peroneus brevis muscle belly is an accessory muscle, such as the peroneus quartus.


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1 comment:

  1. In your experience, does excising the low lying muscle belly help relieve symptoms of peroneal tendonitis? If you have a patient with subluxing as a result of a convex groove and low lying muscle on one foot, but only tendonitis with the absence of sublux in the other foot, would muscle belly excision with groove deepening possibly help both feet?


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