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Acute traumatic tear of latissimus dorsi muscle in an elite track athlete

Mehmet Mesut Çelebi, Emin Ergen, Evren Üstu?ner
  • Mehmet Mesut Çelebi
    Ankara University School of Medicine, Sports Medicine Department, Cebeci Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  • Emin Ergen
    Ankara University School of Medicine, Sports Medicine Department, Cebeci Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  • Evren Üstu?ner
    Ankara University School of Medicine, Sports Medicine Department, Cebeci Hospital, Ankara, Turkey | evrenustuner@hotmail.com

Abstract

Soft tissue injuries constitute 30-50% of all sports related injuries; however, injury to the latissimus dorsi muscle is quite rare with only a few cases reported in the literature. Herein, we describe an acute traumatic tear of the latissimus dorsi muscle in an elite track athlete, which has not been reported in the track and field sports before. The injury was caused by forceful resisted arm adduction that took place at hurdling and starting from the block. A pseudotumor appearance in the axillary region was misdiagnosed as a mass. The diagnosis was made by ultrasound alone and the patient was managed conservatively.

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ultrasound, latissimus dorsi tear.

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