What is the role of arthrographic imaging 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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Ankle arthrograms may be useful for determining capsular damage and the number of ankle ligaments damaged; however, arthrography is indicated only if surgery is needed, and the criteria for surgery to repair double lateral ligament complete tears are still under debate. Staples found that arthrograms provide the most preoperative information. [46, 47]

Ankle arthrograms are not indicated in every patient considered for surgical treatment. Marked clinical instability in a young individual with great physical demands being considered for surgery requires an ankle arthrogram.


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