Friday, March 30, 2018

Tennis in medicine

This post is compiled by Devi :)

Tennis Racquet Appearance
o A descriptor for the tennis racquet-like thickening of the mesangium seen by light microscopy in glomeruli affected by Kimmelstiel-Wilson disease

Tennis Racquet Appearance on Xray Teeth
o odontogenic keratocyst, ameloblastoma, central giant cell granuloma and odontogenic myxoma

Tennis Racquet Spore
o classical shape of Clostridium tetani bacterium containing a terminal spore.

Tennis Racquet Cell
o A tennis-racquet-shaped variant of rhabdomyoblast seen in sarcoma botryoides, a form of rhabdomyosarcoma affecting children

Tennis Racquet Granule
o A subcellular particle seen by electron microscopy in Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis.

Tennis Racquet Sign
o finding in a blighted ovum in which the ultrasonically empty gestational sac is compressed—the racquet’s ‘handle’—and adjacent to a surrounding deciduoid reaction—the ‘paddle’

Tennis Elbow
o chronic inflammation at the origin of the extensor muscles of the forearm from the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, as a result of unusual or repetitive strain (not necessarily from playing tennis).

Tennis Leg
o a rupture of the gastrocnemius muscle at the musculotendinous junction, resulting from forcible contractions of the calf muscles; often seen in tennis players as the result of frequent quick stopping and starting movements.

Tennis Thumb
o tendinitis with calcification in the tendon of the long flexor of the thumb (flexor pollicis longus) caused by friction and strain as in tennis playing, but also occurring in other exercises in which the thumb is subject to repeated pressure or strain.

Tennis Toe
o Subungual hematoma of the great toe which may follow any vigorous exercise—e.g., tennis-in shoes with hardened toe protectors

Tennis Wrist
o Tenosynovitis of wrist which may occur in tennis players.

Tennis Racquet cavity
o Seen in TB
o When tuberculous process is virtually confined to the bronchus, resulting in narrowing or occlusion with dilatation beyond, or in local wall destruction with weakening and dilatation, the ring shadow is in fact a dilated bronchus, and the wall of the ‘cavity’ has the histological feature of bronchial wall with or without tuberculosis foci in it. The rest of the bronchus, extending proximally towards the hilum, is often dilated as well, and its wall thickened by tuberculous involvement, so that a so called ‘tennis racket’ shadow. The draining bronchus of the most of the tuberculous cavities, whatever the type, is either concurrently or secondarily infected, leading to tennis racket appearance

Written by Devi Bavishi 


  1. There is a tennis racquet incision as well made in microdochectomy for duct ectasia /perductal mastitis.

  2. Tennis racquet appearance in electron microscopy in Wilsons disease.

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