How should dysplastic human hips be evaluated?

Cell Mol Biol Lett. 2002;7(1):144-6.


Dysplasia of the human hip is characterised by insufficient anterolateral covering of femoral head by the acetabulum. In our study, we evaluated dysplastic human hip joints using biomechanical parameters (the peak contact stress in the weight-bearing area of the hip - pmax) and X-ray image parameters (the centre-edge angle - thetaCE, the transverse acetabular inclination angle - thetaUS, the acetabular index of the weight-bearing zone - thetaAC, the ACM angle - thetaACM, and the hip value - HV). The purpose of this study is to make use of X-ray and biomechanical parameters to evaluate hips diagnosed with "hip dysplasia", and to establish whether or not there is a correlation between the two. Our results show a statistically significant correlation between pmax and thetaCE, thetaUS and thetaAC. The correlation between pmax and thetaACM and HV is not statistically significant.

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / classification*
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / diagnosis*
  • Bone Diseases, Developmental / pathology
  • Hip Joint / pathology*
  • Humans
  • X-Rays