Subchondral insufficiency fracture of the femoral head after liver transplantation

Kenyu Iwasaki, Takuaki Yamamoto, Yasuharu Nakashima, Taro Mawatari, Goro Motomura, Satoshi Ikemura, Yukihide Iwamoto

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A 53-year-old woman developed a subchondral insufficiency fracture of the right femoral head after undergoing a liver transplantation. Radiographs obtained at her first visit demonstrated a slight subchondral collapse in the superolateral portion of the femoral head. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) disclosed an irregular, discontinuous, low-intensity band on the T1-weighted image. After 7 months of conservative treatment, the hip pain and the radiograph abnormalities had both disappeared. On the follow-up T1-weighted MR image obtained 17 months after the onset, the band of low signal intensity was not obvious. A subchondral insufficiency fracture is one of the diagnoses to be considered in patients presenting with hip pain after a liver transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-928
Number of pages4
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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