Hip prosthesis

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Something protruding in upper thigh, long standing history.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

The frontal view of the left hip appears relatively normal, demonstrating a left hip prosthesis.


Dislocated stem of prosthesis is however seen clearly on the lateral view.

Case Discussion

Prosthesis was inserted 16 years previously. Presently complaint of 'pricking' type pain in the upper thigh. No difficulty in walking at present.

This case explains why two radiograph at orthogonal planes are required. If a second view is not taken then important pathology may be missed.

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Case information

rID: 8985
Published: 13th Mar 2010
Last edited: 28th Oct 2019
Tag: hip
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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