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Is “muscular attachment” synonymous to tendon? (when talking about the insertion of glutei medius and minimus to greater trochanter of the femur)

Is “muscular attachment” synonymous to tendon? (when talking about the insertion of glutei medius and minimus to greater trochanter of the femur)


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I have read the following two terms in an MRI report (both points refer to the insertion of gluteus medius/minimus to greater trochanter of the femur):

  • mild degeneration of the muscular attachment of the left gluteus medius
  • mild tendinosis of the left gluteus minimus

Is muscular attachment (to a bone) synonymous to tendon? Or does the muscular attachment designate the muscle part that attaches to the tendon? Or something else?


The tendon and muscle attachment are not the same. In your example, both are affected, so they are described separately.

A muscle extends into a tendon and this into an enthesis - an actual attachment site where the muscle is attached to the bone (PubMed).


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