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Br J Radiol. 2012 Aug;85(1016):1148-56. doi: 10.1259/bjr/78510315.

Lower extremity and pelvic stress fractures in athletes.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Radiology, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK.


Stress fractures occur following excessive use and are commonly seen in athletes, in whom the lower limbs are frequently involved. Delayed diagnosis and management of these injuries can result in significant long-term damage and athlete morbidity. A high index of suspicion may facilitate diagnosis, but clinical presentation may be non-specific. In this regard, imaging in the form of plain radiograph, CT, MRI and bone scintigraphy may be of value. This article reviews the incidence, presentation, radiological findings and management options for athletes with stress fractures of the lower limb.

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