Archives of orthopaedic and traumatic surgery

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp 193–194 | Cite as

Stress fracture of the body of pubis in a pregnant woman

Case Report
  • Y. Mikawa
  • R. Watanabe
  • Y. Yamano
  • S. Miyake


A case with stress fracture of the body of the pubic bone which occurred in a 35-year-old pregnant woman is described. No underlying pathologic process was found and it would seem that the mechanical load acting on the pubic bone to cause stress fracture is brought about by both the muscle imbalance and ligament laxity. In a few weeks after delivery, the fracture showed a complete bony union.


Public Health Pregnant Woman Stress Fracture Mechanical Load Pathologic Process 
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Fallbericht über eine Streßfraktur im Körper des Schambeines bei einer 35jährigen Frau am Ende der Schwangerschaft. Eine Ursache für die Streßfraktur, insbesondere eine pathologische Veränderung, konnte nicht festgestellt werden. Wenige Wochen nach der Entbindung war die Streßfraktur knöchern wieder vollkommen durchgebaut.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Mikawa
    • 1
  • R. Watanabe
    • 1
  • Y. Yamano
    • 1
  • S. Miyake
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryKawasaki Medical SchoolOkayamaJapan

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