Can Bassett’s ligament be removed?

Eui Dong Yeo, Im Joo Rhyu, Hak Jun Kim, Da Som Kim, Joong Hyeon Ahn, Young Koo Lee

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Purpose: To investigate the functional characteristics of Bassett’s ligament in the ankle, focusing on mechanoreceptors and potential problems following resection of Bassett’s ligament. Methods: Bassett’s ligament, the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL), and synovium were obtained from 20 ankles of 10 fresh-frozen cadavers. Histologically, mechanoreceptors were identified and classified as Ruffini (type I), Vater–Pacini (type II), Golgi–Mazzoni (type III) corpuscles, and free nerve endings (type IV). Differences in receptor densities were compared. Results: Type I clusters were observed with three to six ramifications; type II mechanoreceptors were encapsulated in clusters of two to four with ovoid or cylindrical shape; type III were amorphous, long and wide, and fusiform- or spindle-shaped; and type IV were long and fine without a defined shape. Differences in the densities of the mechanoreceptors inside three soft tissues (Bassett’s ligament, ATFL, and synovium) were not significant. Conclusion: There were no significant differences in the densities of the four types of mechanoreceptors among the soft tissues studied. In Bassett’s ligament, type I mechanoreceptors were present at significantly higher densities than the other receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1236-1242
Number of pages7
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Soonchunhyang University Research Fund. We thank the Korea University Practical Anatomy Research Institute for supporting our cadaver study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy (ESSKA).


  • Accessory fascicle
  • Ankle
  • Anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
  • Mechanoreceptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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