Obturator externus bursa
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The obturator externus bursa is situated over the posteroinferior aspect of the hip joint. It is a potential communication of the postero-inferior hip joint synovium between the ischiofemoral ligament and the zona orbicularis 1,2.
Obturator externus bursa may occur in patients with chronic hip synovitis and raised intra-articular pressure. Distension of the bursa leads to inferior displacement of the obturator externus muscle 1.
The overall prevalence of communication between the hip joint and the obturator externus bursa in the normal population remains unknown, but has been estimated to be less than 5.5% 3.
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