Transient hip osteoporosis

Case contributed by Dr Ahmed Abdrabou


Recurrent attacks of right hip pain

Patient Data

Age: 55 years old
Gender: Male

Abnormal signal intensity involving the right femoral head and neck displays low T1 and bright STIR signal with no structural collapse or subchondral fracture. Mild joint effusion is noted.

Diagnosis: Transient hip osteoporosis

Case Discussion

Features consistent of transient hip osteoporosis.

Differential diagnosis includes avascular necrosis of femoral head which includes also subchondral abnormal signal or structural deformity. The hypothesis that transient hip osteoporosis represents an early reversible stage of AVN is a controversy.

Related article

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

rID: 22910
Published: 3rd May 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: hip
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.