Cortical desmoids in adolescent top-level athletes.

Tscholl PM, Biedert RM, Gal I. Cortical desmoids in adolescent top-level
athletes. Acta Radiol Open. 2015 May 14;4(5):2058460115580878. doi:
10.1177/2058460115580878. eCollection 2015 May. PubMed PMID: 25992301; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC4433477.



Two adolescent, highly active athletes are presented with unspecific symptoms of anterior knee pain. Conventional radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a suspicious but pathognomonic cortical irregularity of the dorsal, medial femoral condyle. Cortical desmoid is one of the most common incidental osseous findings on conventional radiographs and MRI of the knee. It often needs no follow-up examination in asymptomatic patients. Malignancy needs however to be ruled out.


Knee; avulsive cortical irregularity; benign lytic lesion; don’t touch lesion

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