Transient osteoporosis of the hip (underlying subchondral fracture)

Case contributed by Dr Paul Leong


Right hip pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

No abnormality detected

Extensive marrow edema within the femoral head and neck.

There is a subchondral fracture within the femoral head.

Case Discussion

Findings are consistent with a subchondral fracture of the femoral head. The patient was managed conservatively.

Although transient osteoporosis of the hip is considered idiopathic, the recent literature suggests that underlying subchondral fracture plays an important role in the pathophysiology of this condition. 

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Case information

rID: 26841
Published: 10th Jan 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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