Pan African Medical Journal

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Acetabular roof stress fracture: a rare cause of hip pain in children

Zied Jlalia, Mehdi Bellil, Maher Ben Ghachem


Stress fracture of acetabular roof is an unusual cause of hip pain. It is considered as an underdiagnosed entity. People who are more susceptible to experience this fracture are athletes, soldiers and dancers. We present the case of an 11 year old girl with a roof acetabular stress fracture for which the diagnosis and follow-ups were possible by the means of MRI. The treatment was keeping the child at a complete rest. Failure to abide with this treatment can cause the stress fracture to evaluate into a complete fracture.

The Pan African Medical Journal. 2016;24
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