Looser zone

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel

Patient Data

Gender: Female
X-ray

Radiograph of the pelvis shows a focal lucency along the inner margin of the femoral neck. The lucency is oriented perpendicular to the cortex, and does not span the entire cross-section of the femoral neck (as a typical fracture would). There is also minimal sclerosis associated with the lesion (unlike a typical stress fracture).

Case Discussion

One of several classic locations for a looser zone.

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Case information

rID: 16273
Published: 6th Jan 2012
Last edited: 22nd Apr 2018
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