Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Soleus accessorius, an anomalous muscle in a young athlete: case report and analysis of the literature
  1. A Christodoulou1,
  2. I Terzidis1,
  3. K Natsis2,
  4. I Gigis1,
  5. J Pournaras1
  1. 11st Orthopaedic Department, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  2. 2Laboratory of Anatomy, Medical School, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr Terzidis
 Hippocration General Hospital of Thessaloniki, Orthopaedic Department, 36 Emou Str, Thessaloniki 54623, Greece;


The soleus accessory muscle is a rare anatomical variation. It usually appears as a soft tissue mass and may be mistaken for a tumour or an inflammatory lesion. The differential diagnoses include ganglion, lipoma, haemangioma, synovioma, and sarcoma. This is a report of such a muscle mass in the leg of a young athlete with 16 years follow up. A review of the English literature on this subject is also presented.

  • CT, computed tomography
  • MRI, magnetic resonance imaging
  • athletes
  • foot
  • soleus
  • muscle
  • anatomical variation

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


Linked Articles

  • Miscellanea
    BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine