The sagging rope sign: a critical appraisal

Clarke, N. M. P., Harrison, M. H. M. and Keret, D. (1983) The sagging rope sign: a critical appraisal. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume, 65, (3), 285-287. (PMID:6841397).


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Certain features of the sagging rope sign recently analysed by Apley and Weintroub (1981) are examined in detail. Evidence is presented to show that the line is a radiological shadow cast by the lateral edge of a severely deformed femoral head rather than a condensation of the spongiosa within the neck. An explanation is offered to explain the common association of the presence of this radiological sign with premature epiphysial fusion.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0021-9355 (print)
1535-1386 (electronic)
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Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 189865
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 1983Published
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 11:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:40

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