Posterior dislocation of the right hip

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Motor bike accident, now severe right hip pain and unable to straighten the leg.

Patient Data

Age: 19
Gender: Male

Typical appearance of hip dislocation ie the femoral head displaced upwards and posterior to the acetabulum with a fragment of bone projected over the femoral neck representing the sheared off posterior rim of the acetabulum


Following reduction, CT performed to determine extent of acetabular disruption

Hip is now reduced and in normal position. Note the large displaced bone fragment posterior to the acetabulum representing the sheared off posterior lip of the acetabulum. Note also the degree of blood and swelling in the buttock musculature (arrow) indicatiing the severity of injury and forces required to dislocate the hip.

Case Discussion

CT is important to perform following reduction in order to confirm complete joint reduction, exclude intra-articular bone fragments, clearly define acetabular rim fracture fragments so that surgical repair can be undertaken in order to reduce the likelihood of instability and to exclude associated disruption of the femoral head.

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Case information

rID: 29611
Published: 9th Jun 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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