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Operative treatment of hip impingement caused by hypertrophy of the anterior inferior iliac spine

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A 30-year-old man presented with pain and limitation of movement of the right hip. The symptoms had failed to respond to conservative treatment. Radiographs and CT scans revealed evidence of impingement between the femoral head-neck junction and an abnormally large anterior inferior iliac spine. Resection of the hypertrophic anterior inferior iliac spine was performed which produced full painless restoration of function of the hip.

Hypertrophy of the anterior inferior iliac spine as a cause of femoro-acetabular impingement has not previously been described.

Correspondence should be sent to Dr HL. Pan; e-mail: panhaile2002@hotmail.com

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