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Vol 80, No 4 (2021)
Case report
Submitted: 2020-07-21
Accepted: 2020-10-18
Published online: 2020-11-03
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“Popliteofascial muscle” or rare variant of the tensor fasciae suralis?

Ł. Olewnik1, B. Gonera1, K. Kurtys1, R. S. Tubbs234, M. Polguj1
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2020.0138
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Pubmed: 33169351
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Folia Morphol 2021;80(4):1037-1042.
Affiliations
  1. Department of Normal and Clinical Anatomy, Chair of Anatomy and Histology, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
  2. Department of Neurosurgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, United States
  3. Department of Neurosurgery and Ochsner Neuroscience Institute, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA, United States
  4. Department of Anatomical Sciences, St. George’s University, Grenada

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Vol 80, No 4 (2021)
CASE REPORTS
Submitted: 2020-07-21
Accepted: 2020-10-18
Published online: 2020-11-03

Abstract

Anatomical variations are routinely encountered during dissections of muscles and in clinical practice, so anatomists and clinicians need to be aware of them. One such muscle is the tensor fascia suralis, a very rare muscle located in the popliteal fossa. It can originate from any of the hamstring muscles and it inserts into the fascia of the leg. This report presents a case of a variant muscle located very deep to the biceps femoris; it originated from the posterior surface of the femur and inserted into the fascia of the leg. It is unclear whether this is a rare variant of the tensor fascia suralis or a completely new muscle.

Abstract

Anatomical variations are routinely encountered during dissections of muscles and in clinical practice, so anatomists and clinicians need to be aware of them. One such muscle is the tensor fascia suralis, a very rare muscle located in the popliteal fossa. It can originate from any of the hamstring muscles and it inserts into the fascia of the leg. This report presents a case of a variant muscle located very deep to the biceps femoris; it originated from the posterior surface of the femur and inserted into the fascia of the leg. It is unclear whether this is a rare variant of the tensor fascia suralis or a completely new muscle.

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Keywords

tensor fascia suralis muscle, variant muscle, supernumerary muscles, new muscle, hamstring tendon, semitendinosus muscle, semitendinosus tendon, biceps femoris

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Title

“Popliteofascial muscle” or rare variant of the tensor fasciae suralis?

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 80, No 4 (2021)

Article type

Case report

Pages

1037-1042

Published online

2020-11-03

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494

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2020.0138

Pubmed

33169351

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2021;80(4):1037-1042.

Keywords

tensor fascia suralis muscle
variant muscle
supernumerary muscles
new muscle
hamstring tendon
semitendinosus muscle
semitendinosus tendon
biceps femoris

Authors

Ł. Olewnik
B. Gonera
K. Kurtys
R. S. Tubbs
M. Polguj

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