Pistol grip deformity (hip)

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The pistol grip deformity is considered a typical radiographic sign of cam-type femoro-acetabular impingement. The shape of the proximal femur is reminiscent of a flintlock pistol known from old pirate movies.

History and etymology

It was first described by Stulberg and co-workers in 1975 1.


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Article Information

rID: 37105
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pistol grip deformity

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