Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2017; 21(05): 589-603
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606138
Review Article
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Inflammatory Conditions of the Hip

Claudia Schueller-Weidekamm
1  Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Department of Biomedical Imaging und Image-guided Therapy, Medical University of Vienna/Vienna General Hospital, Vienna, Austria
James Teh
2  Department of Radiology, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom
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Publication Date:
12 October 2017 (online)


Most cases of adult hip pain are related to osteoarthritis, so inflammatory causes are often not considered. This review article describes the different entities of hip inflammation and provides an approach on how to differentiate rheumatologic disorders from degenerative changes, synovial tumors, and infection. Indications for imaging, the correct choice of imaging modality, and scanning protocols are also discussed. The differential diagnosis of inflammatory lesions of the hips is addressed in the context of image interpretation.