An unusual cause of external snapping hip

Milva Battaglia, Federica Guaraldi, Carlo Monti, Daniel Vanel, Francesca Vannini

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The external snapping hip syndrome is a condition characterized by palpable or audible snap on the lateral region of the hip occurring during movements and sometimes associated with pain. It is typical of young adults and athletes and can be favored by the abnormal sliding of the iliotibial band or of the gluteus maximus muscle over the greater trochanter. We present a case of external snapping hip syndrome occurring in a young woman secondary to a dysmorphic sickle-shaped myotendinous junction of the gluteus maximus muscle. Diagnosis was allowed by an integrated clinical and radiological approach, based on dynamic ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Radiology Case Reports
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Coxa saltans
  • Gluteus maximus muscle
  • Iliotibial band
  • Snapping hip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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