|Purpose: to assess the real time elastosonography (RTE) as a primary diagnostic tool for the evaluation of mechanical properties of Achilles tendons in patients affected by not surgically treated monolateral clubfoot.
Materials and method: six patients were evaluated, four males and two females, mean age 1.2 ± 1.3 months, treated with Ponseti method, and afterward, they underwent RTE examination of the Achilles tendon in clubfoot.
A following ROI (region of interest) was positioned on the distal third of the tendon and the obtained data was examined retrospectively.
Results: in the examined cohort of patients, the mean value ROI 1/mean value ROI 2 ratio was 2.0 ± 0.18, with an increased red area in the RTE evaluation of the affected tendon, while in the contralateral foot the mean observed value was 2.50 ± 2.1.
Conclusion: RTE is a feasible and simple technique, which allows the study of the mechanical properties of Achilles tendons in children with clubfoot
Real time evaluation of monolateral clubfoot with sonoelastography. Preliminary results
Masala S., Manenti G., Antonicoli M., Morosetti D., Simonetti G.
Original Article, 49 - 52
Keywords: Achilles tendon, clubfoot, elastography,
Table of Content: Vol. 2 (No. 1) 2012 January/March
Pisconati A., Bernet J.D., Olwin B.B.Review Article, 1 - 9
de Albornoz P.M., Forriol F.Review Article, 10 - 18
Longwel X.Mini-Review, 19 - 24
Kaya D., Doral M.N., Callaghan M.Review Article, 25 - 32
Notarnicola A., Moretti BReview Article, 33 - 37
Differences among mechanoreceptors in healthy and injured anterior cruciate ligaments and their clinical importanceDhillon M.S., Ball K., Prabhakar S.Original Article, 38 - 43
Abate M., Oliva F., Schiavone C., Salini V.Original Article, 44 - 48
Masala S., Manenti G., Antonicoli M., Morosetti D., Simonetti G.Original Article, 49 - 52