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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 301-304

Migrating transient osteoporosis of the hip in a 30-year-old man

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Ibri Regional Referral Hospital, PO Box 46, Ibri 516, Sultanate of Oman
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, PO Box35, Al-Khod123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
3 Department of Radiology, Al-Afaq MRI Centre, PO Box 794, PC 117, Al Wadi Al Kabir, Sultanate of Oman

Correspondence Address:
S S Suresh
PO Box 396, Ibri 516, Sultanate of Oman

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.50872

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Transient osteoporosis of hip is a condition of unknown etiology, presenting as painful limping, and characterized by osteopenia of the involved joint without preexisting disease or immobilization. Most of the cases were reported in middle-aged men, and one-third of the cases develop in women in the third trimester of pregnancy. The hypothesis that this condition leads to avascular necrosis of the hip has been disproved by various reports and hence does not warrant any surgical interference. This is a self limiting condition, which needs regular follow-up. The authors report a case of migrating transient osteoporosis of the hip in a 30-year-old man successfully treated with antiresorptive treatment.

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