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Clinical Images: Iliopsoas bursa rupture mimicking psoas muscle abscess

St. Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.87). 06/2010; 62(6):1769. DOI: 10.1002/art.27472
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