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Scintigraphy in Trauma and the “Limping Syndrome”


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Benign abnormal increase in radioactivity in asymptomatic joints in bone scanning has been observed secondary to the undue stress of an unusual gait that favors the injured opposite extremity. The x-ray findings are negative. Bone scans limited to areas of, e.g., sports related trauma, may show abnormality in traumatized areas of the lower extremity with diffuse abnormal activity in joints on the normal asymptomatic side. Even in the presence of a normal scan of the injured area, the altered gait may produce increased activity on the asymptomatic side. We have chosen to call this the “limping syndrome.”

From the Department of Radiology, Section of Nuclear Medicine, Family Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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