Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 1119–1123 | Cite as

Medial iliac stress fractures in athletes: report of two rare cases: review of literature and clinical recommendations

  • Kenneth VitaleEmail author
  • Edward Smitaman
  • Brady K. Huang
Case Report


Stress fractures are a common diagnosis in sports medicine and can result in significant loss of function, athlete playing time, and potentially lead to chronic symptoms. However, unusual locations of stress fractures may present with vague symptoms and a relatively benign physical exam, leading to difficulty in arriving at the correct diagnosis. Pelvic stress fractures are less common than lower-extremity stress fractures in athletes, occurring in only 1–5% of all stress fractures and typically occur in pubic rami. Furthermore, iliac bone stress fractures are even rarer, with only a few case reports in the literature. Their presentation can easily be missed on routine workup and imaging. We present two cases of the very rare superomedial iliac bone stress fracture in athletes, an unusual location for this uncommon stress fracture. We review the available literature on this condition and provide clinical commentary on workup and treatment recommendations.


Stress fractures Athletes Ilium Pelvic bones Leg injuries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity of California San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

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