American Hip Institute

Risk factors for ligamentum teres tears.

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between nontraumatic ligamentum teres (LT) tears and acetabular radiographic architecture.

METHODS: The inclusion criteria for this study were all patients who had anteroposterior pelvis radiographic views and had undergone arthroscopic examination of the LT. The exclusion criteria were Tonnis arthritic grade 3 and traumatic high-energy mechanisms of injury. Radiographic data were measured preoperatively on an anteroposterior pelvis view, including acetabular inclination (AI), lateral center edge (CE) angle, magnitude of cross-over sign, and ischial spine prominence. A Lateral Coverage Index (LCI) was defined as the center edge angle minus acetabular inclination. Hips were divided into 3 groups according to the LCI: (1) high: 34° and above; (2) medium: 19° to 33°; and (3) low: below 19°.

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