Idiopathic Chondrolysis of the Hip Treated by Immunosuppressive Therapy and Arthroscopic Intervention

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Idiopathic chondrolysis of the hip (ICH), a very rare disorder of unknown etiology, occurs mainly in female adolescents. Characterized by pain, limp, stiffness and radiological narrowing joint space from the rapid destruction of the articular cartilage, ICH sometimes results in ankyloses. We present the case of a 10-year-old girl diagnosed with ICH based on arthroscopic inspection and synovium biopsy. The femoral deformity appeared gradually, like a cam-type femoroacetabular impingement. She was treated with intensive rehabilitation and immunosuppressive drug. We later performed an arthroscopic bumpectomy for residual symptoms. She achieved a favorable outcome as a 15-year-old at the latest follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-81
Number of pages5
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2020



  • arthroscopy
  • bump
  • hip joint
  • idiopathic chondrolysis
  • medication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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