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A rare fracture-dislocation of the hip in a gymnast and review of the literature.
  1. J C Mitchell,
  2. P V Giannoudis,
  3. P A Millner,
  4. R M Smith
  1. Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, United Kingdom.


    Posterior fracture-dislocation of the hip is an uncommon injury in athletics and leisure activities. It is more commonly seen in high energy motor vehicle accidents and occasionally in high energy sporting activities. A rare case is reported of posterior fracture-dislocation of the hip joint that occurred in a young athlete during gymnastics. This unusual mechanism of injury illustrates the great forces sustained by the hip joint of gymnasts. Early reduction and operative treatment led to a congruent and stable hip joint. After rehabilitation, she returned to light sporting activities after six months.

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