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Rare case of a low energy traumatic anterior dislocation of the native hip
  1. Daniel Watts1,
  2. George JM Hourston1,2,
  3. Aaron Rooney1 and
  4. Sim Johal1
  1. 1Trauma and Orthopaedics, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
  2. 2Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to George JM Hourston; gjmh3{at}


Anterior dislocations of the native hip are rare injuries, and normally a result of high energy trauma such as road traffic accidents. Delays in reduction of over 12 hours have been shown to increase the risk of avascular necrosis to the head of the femur significantly. We report the case of an elderly man who sustained an anterior dislocation of his native hip following a fall. The case highlights that prompt appropriate management can lead to excellent clinical outcomes.

  • Trauma
  • Orthopaedics

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  • Contributors DW and GJMH wrote and prepared the draft. AR and SJ edited and finalised the draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.