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Publications [#133606] of Nancy M Major

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  1. NM Major, CA Helms, Absence or interruption of the supra-acetabular line: a subtle plain film indicator of hip pathology., Skeletal radiology, GERMANY, vol. 25 no. 6 (August, 1996), pp. 525-9, ISSN 0364-2348
    (last updated on 2006/10/17)

    OBJECTIVE: To show that absence or interruption of the supra-acetabular line is a subtle plain film indicator of pathology in the acetabulum. DESIGN: Nineteen hips from 17 patients with known disease processes involving the acetabulum as demonstrated by subsequent magnetic resonance imaging, bone scan or plain film follow-up were evaluated with antero-posterior (AP) plain films of the pelvis. Three additional cases were diagnosed prospectively using interruption of the supra-acetabular line as the criterion for inclusion. Fifty AP plain films of the pelvis in patients without hip pain were examined prospectively to determine normal imaging criteria. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The normal supra-acetabular line measures 2-3 mm in thickness superiorly and is a thin sclerotic line in the medial aspect. In all 22 hips (with pathology) in this series, the line was interrupted or absent. Loss or interruption of the supra-acetabular line may thus be a subtle pain film indicator of a disease process involving the acetabulum. This plain film sign has not previously been reported.

    Acetabulum • Female • Hip Joint • Humans • Joint Diseases • Magnetic Resonance Imaging • Male • Middle Aged • Neoplasms • pathology • radiography • radiography*

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