Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 85–94

Synovial cysts of the hip joint and iliopsoas bursitis: A spectrum of imaging abnormalities


  • David J. Sartoris
    • Department of Diagnostic RadiologyVeterans Administration Medical Center
  • Larry Danzig
    • Department of OrthopedicSurgeryVeterans Administration Medical Center
    • University of California Hospital
  • Louis Gilula
    • Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology
  • Guerdon Greenway
    • Department of RadiologyBaylor University Medical Center
  • Donald Resnick
    • Department of Diagnostic RadiologyVeterans Administration Medical Center

DOI: 10.1007/BF00349741

Cite this article as:
Sartoris, D.J., Danzig, L., Gilula, L. et al. Skeletal Radiol (1985) 14: 85. doi:10.1007/BF00349741


Synovium-related soft tissue disease around the hip constitutes a spectrum ranging from isolated iliopsoas bursitis to pure articular synovial herniations without bursal involvement. The clinical, pathologic, and radiographic features of these entities are discussed as they pertain to the variety of underlying disorders which predispose to their occurrence. Nine case reports are utilized to illustrate the variable clinical and radiographic presentations which may be encountered. Based upon these cases as well as those in the literature, an imaging algorithm has been developed which should eliminate unnecessary studies and allow prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Key words

Synovial membrane, cystsSynovial membraneBursaBursitisHip, arthritisHip, radiographyHip, arthrographyHip, abnormalities

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© International Skeletal Society 1985