[Unilateral apophyseal fracture of the superior anterior iliac crest--a case report]

Swiss Surg. 2003;9(1):31-4. doi: 10.1024/1023-9332.9.1.31.
[Article in German]


While soccer playing a 19 year old man suffered from acute onset of severe pain in the anterior part of the iliac crest. A CT-scan confirmed the unilateral avulsion of the anterior superior iliac spine. Due to only minimal fragment dislocation and still open apophysis we decided to treat this injury conservatively with crutches and partial weight bearing. There were no complications and already three weeks after the accident the young man was nearly painfree. Avulsion of the anterior superior iliac spine most commonly occur in adolescents. The fracture is often missed and treated as muscle injury or hip pain and therefore received a symptomatical therapy. Later a typical hypertrophic callus formation confirms the avulsion fracture. The avulsion occurs by sudden pull of the sartorius muscle to the anterior superior iliac spine. The pull of the muscle dislocates the loose fragment caudally. In most of the cases a conservative treatment is successful.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Crutches
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fracture Healing / physiology
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Ilium / diagnostic imaging
  • Ilium / injuries*
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Male
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed