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Until now, the enigma surrounding this structure has been reflected in a variety of confusing names for it, including, as the authors point out, the "(mid-third) lateral capsular ligament," "capsulo-osseous layer of the iliotibial band," or "anterolateral ligament"--and a clear anatomical description had not been forthcoming.
Segond tibial condyle fracture: Lateral capsular ligament avulsion.
The medial collateral ligament is classified as an accessory ligament because it is in a position free from the joint within the articular capsule, in agreement with the classification of Benjamin & Ralphs, and therefore can be classified as a capsular ligament.