What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of ankle sprains?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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MRI may be a useful evaluation when a syndesmotic or high ankle sprain is suspected or if osteochondrosis or meniscoid injury is suspected in patients with a history of recurrent ankle sprains and chronic pain. [6, 5] However, caution must be used when evaluating the findings on MRI since a study of asymptomatic patients revealed that approximately 30% had findings consistent with abnormal anterior talofibular ligaments and peroneal muscles. [45]

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