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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; jonterzotenet.gr

Abstract

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

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