JOURNAL ARTICLE

Ultrasonography and return to play of the different clinical grading of quadriceps contusions: a case series

Rolando Junior L Torres, Soichi Hattori, Yuki Kato, Shin Yamada, Hiroshi Ohuchi
Journal of Medical Ultrasonics 2018, 45 (2): 375-380
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Prognostication of quadriceps contusion is based on the patient's active knee flexion after the injury. Unlike ultrasonography, clinical grading does not define the extent of soft tissue injury and may provide inaccurate time for return to play. The purposes of this report are to describe the ultrasound findings of the different clinical grading of quadriceps contusion and document the return to play of each case. Seven patients were evaluated in this series. Results showed discrepancies in the disability time between clinical grading and ultrasound findings. Clinical grading did not consistently estimate the return to play as described in previously published literature. Contusions with hyperechoic lesions had earlier return to play compared to patients with hypoechoic findings. Contusions with hypoechoic lesions might require aggressive monitoring and therapy to decrease disability time and avoid complications such as myositis ossificans.

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