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Andrew Howard, James Hunter, Theddy Slongo

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Fergal Monsell

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Chris Colton

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31-E/7   Avulsion of/by the ligament of the head of the femur

The etiology of this ligament avulsion is traumatic hip subluxation/dislocation.

The avulsed fragment is primarily cartilage and therefore may be larger than it appears on x-ray, particularly in young children.

Avulsed fragment
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