Identify the pelvic abnormality

Erin Zingarelli

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Publication Date: 20130805


This patient has a history of malignancy and has undergone pelvic surgery.

  1. Can you identify the abnormality on this plain film of the pelvis?

    Bone tumor

    Incorrect - there is no tumor visible on this film.
    Acute hip fracture

    Incorrect - while the left hip joint is abnormal, there is no evidence of fracture.
    Surgical hardware

    Incorrect - while this patient does have surgical clips in the pelvis, there is no frank hardware.
    Resection of the pubic symphysis

    Correct! This patient has had her pubic symphysis resected.

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