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Differential diagnosis of calf pain by ultrasonography

Author(s): Luciano Augusto Botter | George Rachid Oliveira | Érika Suenaga | Rubens Mitsuo Tanaka | Ricardo Tadao Yonezaki | Marco Antonio de N. Germano | Marcelo Rocha Correia da Silva | Miguel José Francisco Neto | Marcelo Buarque de Gusmão Funari

Journal: Einstein
ISSN 1679-4508

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 229;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Lower extremity/ultrasonography | Diagnosis | differential

This paper aims to evaluate the recent and numerous applications of ultrasonography in the differential diagnosis of conditions that affect the popliteal fossa and lower limbs, resulting in calf pain. Popliteal cysts and their ruptures, aneurysms, hematomas, cellulitis, abscesses, soft tissue tumors and other fluid collections are easily identified by this technique. Moreover, post-trauma and inflammatory conditions affecting muscles and tendons, muscle necrosis, deep venous thrombosis and superficial thrombophlebitis are very well demonstrated by the ultrasonographic screening.

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