Bedside ultrasound in the emergency department is being used with increasing frequency and for an increasing scope of conditions.
Demonstrate the use of bedside ultrasound as an adjunct for diagnosis of hip dislocation.
A traumatic anterior hip dislocation was diagnosed with bedside ultrasound after an initial normal plain radiograph.
Although the current standard of care for diagnosis of hip dislocation is plain radiographs, this case demonstrates that bedside ultrasound may be used as a diagnostic adjunct in this time-sensitive and potentially catastrophic diagnosis.
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Published online: April 23, 2012
Accepted: February 13, 2012
Received in revised form: October 12, 2011
Received: March 23, 2011
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