Cartilage thinning - adult hip ultrasound

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Right hip non-traumatic pain - 6 mths. Multiple previous investigations ( including radiograph, CT, MR and Biopsy ) are not available.

Patient Data

Age: 25 yrs
Gender: Female

Left sided pelvic tilt.


Symptomatic side - Blurring of superficial interphase of anechoic cartilage with joint capsule. A tiny bony erosion / subchondral cyst is noted head.

Asymptomatic side - Anechoic cartilage of femur head shows clear margins. There is possibly a subchondral cyst in head. 

Case Discussion

Finding of Blurring of superficial interphase of anechoic cartilage of right femoral head along with thinning in affected right hip. 

Normal anechoic cartilage with sharp interphase is noted on contralateral asymptomatic femur head.

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Case information

rID: 27706
Published: 17th Feb 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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