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Tensor vastus intermedius: a review of its discovery, morphology and clinical importance

T. Franchi1
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2020.0123
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Pubmed: 33084009
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Abstract

Background: This review aims to summarise the relevant literature surrounding the tensor vastus intermedius, a newly discovered muscle, and to discuss its morphology and potential clinical importance. No such review currently exists in the literature.

Materials and methods: A comprehensive literature search regarding the tensor vastus intermedius was performed using PubMed and Google Scholar in July 2020. Principles of Evidence-Based Anatomy and the Anatomical Quality Assessment Tool were employed to ensure a high-level review. All relevant papers were included and citation tracking was performed to uncover further publications.

Results: The tensor vastus intermedius is found in the anterior compartment of the thigh and has a similar morphology to the other vasti muscles. It has four main variations and a consistent neurovascular supply. The muscle has been implicated in a number of case reports and surgical procedures, which are described in detail in this paper.

Conclusions: In the four years since the tensor vastus intermedius was formally described, a significant amount of work has been done to help us understand its structure and function. Further efforts are needed to gain a full picture as to its clinical importance. As such, it is recommended that this muscle should be acknowledged in anatomical education.

Abstract

Background: This review aims to summarise the relevant literature surrounding the tensor vastus intermedius, a newly discovered muscle, and to discuss its morphology and potential clinical importance. No such review currently exists in the literature.

Materials and methods: A comprehensive literature search regarding the tensor vastus intermedius was performed using PubMed and Google Scholar in July 2020. Principles of Evidence-Based Anatomy and the Anatomical Quality Assessment Tool were employed to ensure a high-level review. All relevant papers were included and citation tracking was performed to uncover further publications.

Results: The tensor vastus intermedius is found in the anterior compartment of the thigh and has a similar morphology to the other vasti muscles. It has four main variations and a consistent neurovascular supply. The muscle has been implicated in a number of case reports and surgical procedures, which are described in detail in this paper.

Conclusions: In the four years since the tensor vastus intermedius was formally described, a significant amount of work has been done to help us understand its structure and function. Further efforts are needed to gain a full picture as to its clinical importance. As such, it is recommended that this muscle should be acknowledged in anatomical education.

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Keywords

tensor vastus intermedius, TVI, quadriceps femoris muscle group, quinticeps, extensor apparatus of the knee, anatomical discovery

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Title

Tensor vastus intermedius: a review of its discovery, morphology and clinical importance

Journal

Folia Morphologica

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Ahead of Print

Article type

Review article

Published online

2020-10-12

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2020.0123

Pubmed

33084009

Keywords

tensor vastus intermedius
TVI
quadriceps femoris muscle group
quinticeps
extensor apparatus of the knee
anatomical discovery

Authors

T. Franchi

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