Fabella

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Fabella
Fabella.jpg
Fabella is the small calcification appears back of femoral condyles
Identifiers
FMA 281591
Anatomical terminology

The fabella (Latin for little bean) (or flabella) is a small sesamoid bone found in some mammals embedded in the tendon of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle behind the lateral condyle of the femur. It is a variant of normal anatomy and present in humans in 10% to 30% of individuals[citation needed]. Rarely, there are 2 or 3 of these bones (fabella bi- or tripartita). It can be mistaken for a loose body or osteophyte.

In approximately 10% of the population (mostly women), a small bean shaped sesmoid bone called the fabella is embedded in the lateral head of the gastronomius. [1]


The fabella is a standard finding on radiographs of the dog and cat, and both medial and lateral fabellae are typically present.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Spitzer, Werner Platzer ; illustrations by Gerhard (2009). Color atlas of human anatomy. (6th rev. and enlarged ed. ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme. ISBN 978-3-13-533306-9.