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Flexor Digitorum Superficialis Tear in a Wakeboarder: An Unusual Clinical Case

Draghi, Ferdinando MD; Gitto, Salvatore MD

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: March 2017 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p e9–e10
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000327
Case Report

Abstract: Tears in the flexor digitorum superficialis muscle belly are rare injuries with one single case reported in the literature. In this article, we describe the first case of muscle tear of the flexor digitorum superficialis resulting from a wakeboarding trauma. The wakeboarder presented with pain localized in the anterior forearm, and early symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Ultrasonography demonstrated an intramuscular hematoma of the flexor digitorum superficialis myotendinous junction, which compressed the median nerve. After conservative treatment, the patient was asymptomatic and returned to his usual daily activities and sports within 5 weeks of the injury. In patients with a wakeboard trauma and similar presentations, a tear in the flexor digitorum superficialis muscle belly should be suspected.

Department of Radiology, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.

Corresponding Author: Salvatore Gitto, MD, Radiology Institute, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, University of Pavia, Viale Camillo Golgi 19, 27100 Pavia, Italy (sal.gitto@gmail.com).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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Received May 25, 2015

Accepted January 14, 2016

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