Distal tibiofibular synostosis in a Nigerian: A case report
AbstractTibiofibular synostosis (TFS) is a rare cause of recurrent anterior shin pain encountered in sport injuries following the ossification of the tibiofibular membrane. Awareness of distal TFS prevents misinterpretation of X-rays and enables efficient management of individuals with post traumatic TFS. Following maceration of a dissected male cadaver, we came across a tibia and fibula with 29.09 x 11.83 x 22.28 mm ossified distal tibiofibular membrane. The ossified membrane had a 26.16 mm long, inferomedially directed groove on its posterior surface. X-ray of the bones showed an oblique fracture in the distal end of the shaft of fibula which is suggestive of post traumatic tibiofibular synostosis (TFS). Knowledge of distal TFS is important in resolving the puzzle of chronic shin pain of unknown origin and in accurate diagnosis of causes of ankle deformity and malformations.
Keywords: Tibiofibular synostosis, post-traumatic ossification, chronic shin pain.
Submission of a paper for publication implies the transfer of the copyright from the author(s) to the publisher upon acceptance. International Formulae Group is therefore the copyright holder after publication of an article in International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and published articles should not be used for commercial purpose without the written consent of the Editor-in-Chief. They are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.