Season 8 Case 23

Hx: Leg swelling

Season 8 Case 23

History: Doppler US of lower extremity for leg swelling

Case 23 Answer: Tennis leg - ie tear of the head of medial head of the gastrocnemius  (see poor drawing above)

Tennis leg is a generic clinical term generally referring to a) injury/tear of the gastrocnemius muscle of the calf (typically the medial head) or b) tear of the plantaris tendon with runs between the gstrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. 

Typically seen with older individuals taking up sports who take an abrupt plant/turn on one foot with acute pain in the calf.