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An unusual rugby injury
  1. S J Croft1,
  2. J Brenchley1,
  3. S P Badhe2,
  4. T R Cresswell2
  1. 1Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Gawber Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, London Road, Derby, Derbyshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr S J Croft
 SpR in Accident and Emergency Medicine, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Gawber Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 2EP, UK; susancroft{at}


We describe an unusual sports injury in a young man, a combination of obturator hip dislocation with an ipsilateral anterior cruciate ligament injury. Traumatic non-prosthetic hip dislocations, particularly obturator hip dislocations, are extremely rare sports injuries and have not previously been reported in conjunction with a knee ligament injury. The severe pain and obvious deformity from the hip injury can distract from other injuries, particularly to the ipsilateral knee. This case reinforces the need for a thorough assessment of the knee joint, before hip reduction if possible and certainly after reduction of the dislocation.

  • ACL, anterior cruciate ligament
  • MRI, magnetic resonance imaging
  • hip
  • dislocation
  • knee
  • injury

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