CJEM Articles: hip fracture
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Nicholas M. Desy, Willis B. Grad
One of the most common acute injuries seen in the emergency department is the hip fracture. This injury is usually diagnosed by plain radiographs, however these fractures are sometimes not obviously apparent. Occult hip fractures present a pitfall for emergency department physicians. We present a case of a patient who sustained bilateral occult hip fractures. We review the epidemiology of the condition, examine what diagnostic studies are available that may help the physician avoid missing the occult hip fracture and what the literature tells us about the utility of each of these modalities. The prognosis of the occult hip fracture along with options for treatment is also discussed.