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Diagnostic imaging in athletes with chronic lower leg pain.
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PMID:  18941079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Our purpose is to describe the imaging features in athletes with chronic lower leg pain, emphasizing the role of MRI and CT, which are the diagnostic tools with the highest sensitivity and specificity in the differential diagnosis of lower leg pain. Moreover, a diagnostic algorithm in patients with chronic lower leg pain is proposed.
CONCLUSION: Plain radiography has a low sensitivity but may reveal tibial stress fractures, bone tumors, and soft-tissue calcification. CT and MRI may be useful to better evaluate the abnormalities shown by plain radiography.
Michele Gaeta; Fabio Minutoli; Silvio Mazziotti; Carmela Visalli; Sergio Vinci; Felice Gaeta; Alfredo Blandino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  191     ISSN:  1546-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-22     Completed Date:  2008-11-24     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1412-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Messina, Policlinico G. Martino, Via Consolare Pompea 1871, 98165, Messina, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
Chronic Disease
Cumulative Trauma Disorders / complications,  diagnosis*
Diagnosis, Differential
Intermittent Claudication / complications,  diagnosis*
Lower Extremity / pathology,  radiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Pain / diagnosis*,  etiology
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / complications,  diagnosis*
Peripheral Vascular Diseases / complications,  diagnosis
Tibial Fractures / diagnosis*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*

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