Occult Intertrochanteric Fracture Mimicking the Fracture of Greater Trochanter


PURPOSE Occult intertrochanteric fractures are misdiagnosed as isolated greater trochanteric fractures in some cases. We investigated the utility of three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the diagnosis and outcome management of occult intertrochanteric fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study involved 23 cases of greater trochanteric fractures as diagnosed using plain radiographs from January 2004 to July 2013. Until January 2008, 9 cases were examined with 3D-CT only, while 14 cases were screened with both 3D-CT and MRI scans. We analyzed diagnostic accuracy and treatment results following 3D-CT and MRI scanning. RESULTS Nine cases that underwent 3D-CT only were diagnosed with isolated greater trochanteric fractures without occult intertrochanteric fractures. Of these, a patient with displacement received surgical treatment. Of the 14 patients screened using both CT and MRI, 13 were diagnosed with occult intertrochanteric fractures. Of these, 11 were treated with surgical intervention and 2 with conservative management. CONCLUSION Three-dimensional CT has very low diagnostic accuracy in diagnosing occult intertrochanteric fractures. For this reason, MRI is recommended to confirm a suspected occult intertrochanteric fracture and to determine the most appropriate mode of treatment.

DOI: 10.5371/hp.2016.28.2.112

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@inproceedings{Chung2016OccultIF, title={Occult Intertrochanteric Fracture Mimicking the Fracture of Greater Trochanter}, author={Phil Hyun Chung and Suk Kang and Jong Pil Kim and Young Sung Kim and Ho Min Lee and In Hwa Back and Kyeong Soo Eom}, booktitle={Hip & pelvis}, year={2016} }