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Stress fractures are an uncommon but important source of pain and disability in young athletes. The presentation and differential diagnosis of stress fractures in young athletes differs from that of older athletes. This pictorial review outlines the pathogenesis and imaging features of stress fractures. Other pathologies that can mimic stress fractures and the advantages of the use of magnetic resonance imaging will be discussed. An imaging algorithm for a suspected stress fracture is suggested.

Original publication

DOI

10.1067/j.cpradiol.2009.12.001

Type

Journal article

Journal

Current problems in diagnostic radiology

Publication Date

01/2011

Volume

40

Pages

29 - 44

Addresses

Department of Radiology, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Headington, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Keywords

Humans, Fractures, Stress, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Age Factors, Adolescent, Child, Female, Male, Athletes