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Phoenix Diagnostic Clinic

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Popliteal tendon, poplitealmeniscal and poplitealfibular ligament

Popliteal tendon (PT): originates from lateral condyle antero-inferiorly to the lateral epicondyle
• Intraarticular, extrasynovial
• Popliteal bursa
• Deep to FFL and AL

MR appearance:
• 100% visualized
• On all sequences: intense hypointense
• Magic angle artifacts on axial images
• Posterior bursa: differential with capsule tear

Popliteal tendon
Popliteal tendon
Fat posterior to tendon 
Popliteal tendonPopliteal tendon

The poplitealmeniscal fascicles
Connect posterior horn of lateral meniscus with popliteus tendon
• Posteriosuperior and anteroinferior fascicles (stronger)
• Always present but not always seen on MR imaging (60-94%)
• Best seen on oblique coronal
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The poplitealfibular ligament

• From PT to the medial fibular styloid
• Length: 10-14 mm
• Diameter: 7-9 mm
• Visible in cadavers: 90-100%
• Visible on MR: 8-53%
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 PT, PFL and PMF funtional unit
 • Prevent posterior translation, varus angulation and external rotation
 • Dynamic stabilizer
 • Stabilizer of lateral meniscus
 • Injured PMF lead to meniscus hypermobility and injuries

October 18, 2009

Phoenix Diagnostic Clinic, Bucharest

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