Steffen Jacobsen

Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Hvidovre, Capital Region, Denmark

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    ABSTRACT: In this prospective multicentre cohort study we studied subjects younger than 60 years of age scheduled for primary total hip arthroplasty (THA). The study assessed patients' overall satisfaction, fulfillment of preoperative expectations, the effect on socioeconomic parameters, and quality of sex-life. Questionnaires including Oxford Hip Score (OHS) and SF-36 were evaluated preoperatively and 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively. OHS and SF-36 showed significant improvements (p<0.028, Wilcoxon Signed Rank test). THA did not affect the patients' socioeconomic status. Increased frequency of intercourse or better abilities in intercourse positions were experienced by 18 of 39 females due to reduced pain and increased range of motion. Patients sexually active before THA surgery remained active. These findings constitute important new information to young patients and surgeons during the decision making process.
    Hip international: the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy 02/2015; · 0.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this prospective multicenter study we included subjects younger than 60years of age and scheduled for primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The study assessed patients' overall satisfaction, fulfillment of preoperative expectations, the effect on socioeconomic parameters, and quality of sexual life. Questionnaires including Oxford Knee Score (OKS) and SF-36 were evaluated preoperatively and 3, 6, and 12months postoperatively. OKS and SF-36 showed significant improvements. However, patient satisfaction and fulfillment of personal expectations did not reflect these scores. Overall, TKA did not affect the patients' socioeconomic status, and overall, patients did not experience impairment of sexual life, but decreased frequency and negative affection of sexual practice should be anticipated. Alternative outcome measurements of TKA surgery not focusing on implants and surgical techniques shed new light on important consequences of arthroplasty surgery.
    The Journal of arthroplasty 10/2013; · 2.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hip joint survivorship and functional outcome are traditional outcome measures applied after periacetabular osteotomy (PAO). Younger adults however have greater demands and expectations on the function of their hip joints and these demands are not expressed using traditional outcome assessment tools. The main purpose of this study was to explore alternative functional and quality of life measure after PAO. A cross sectional survey of preserved hip joints following PAO was performed. Fifty-two patients (68 hips), mean age 41 years (range 24-67), returned a questionnaire examining satisfaction, willingness to repeat surgery, quality of life, abilities in social activities, sports and sex-life, pain, limp, and stability of the hip. Median satisfaction was 5 (range 1-5) and 44 of 49 patients were willing to repeat surgery. Significant improvements were seen in quality of life, ability to do sports, participate in social activities and sex-life (p values <0.001) (although sex-life for males (p = 0.102)). Traditional outcomes (pain, stability and limp) showed significant improvements (p<0.001). Lasting improvements in patients' sex life, social life and ability to do sports nine to 12 years following PAO were reported. Such factors are important measures of outcome in a younger adult cohort.
    Hip international: the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy 09/2013; · 0.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Schmorl's nodes (SNs) are commonly seen in vertebral imaging of the normal adult population referred for different reasons and are duly noted by the radiologist. However, little is known about their etiology: either SNs are perceived as largely inert developmental or congenital herniations of disc tissue into weak areas of the vertebral end-plates, or they are perceived as a common pathological pathway of different adverse and general factors such as malignancy, trauma, infection, osteoporosis, Paget's disease and so forth. A commonly accepted morphological definition of what precisely constitute SNs does not exist, and consequently prevalences vary wildly in the literature. In the present study of 4,151 standardized lateral radiographs of the lumbar spine in an adult, Caucasian population between 22 and 93 years (median age 63 years, M 1,533, W 2,618). METHODS: We investigated prevalence, distribution and epidemiologic relationships of SNs. RESULTS: SNs occur primarily in the upper part of the lumbar spine, and usually there are multiple lesions in the same individual. We could not establish any significant correlation between SNs and gender, age, BMI, height, weight or occupational exposure for heavy lifting. The overall prevalence was 3.8 %. We did not find any significant correlations between SNs and overall degeneration of the lumbar spine. CONCLUSION: We found a prevalence of SNs in the lower end of the spectrum than hitherto reported.
    European Spine Journal 03/2013; · 2.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to describe the changes in the axis of the knee joint in both radiologically osteoarthritic and non-osteoarthritic knees, on the basis of angles measurable in standardized clinical short knee radiographs, in a cross sectional study of an epidemiological cohort. DESIGN: From the third inclusion of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, 4,151 subjects were selected for standardized radiography of the knees. After censuring the inclusion, the resulting cohort was comprised of 3,488 individuals. Images were analyzed for radiological knee joint osteoarthritis (OA) and the anatomical femorotibial axis of the knee joint was measured. RESULTS: The prevalence of knee joint OA in males was 27.9 % and 27.5 %, for the left and right knees respectively. In females this was 32.8 % and 36.4 %. The mean knee joint angles were 4.11° in males; and 5.45° in females. A difference of 1.3° was found between the genders. In non-osteoarthritic knees the increase in valgus orientation in relationship to increasing age was found to be 0.03° and 0.04° per year, respectively, for males and females. Likewise, Kellgren and Lawrence found that OA was seen to influence a shift towards varus of 0.55°-0.76° per level of OA. CONCLUSION: Stratification in accordance with morphological severity of OA documented a clear tendency for the axis of the diseased knees to depart from the mean, primarily in the direction of varus. In knees exhibiting no signs of radiographic osteoarthritis we found a significant relationship between increasing age and a shift in the anatomical axis in the direction of valgus.
    Skeletal Radiology 09/2012; 42(4). · 1.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment of hip fracture patients is controversial. We implemented a new operative and supervision algorithm (the Hvidovre algorithm) for surgical treatment of all hip fractures, primarily based on own previously published results. 2,000 consecutive patients over 50 years of age who were admitted and operated on because of a hip fracture were prospectively included. 1,000 of these patients were included after implementation of the algorithm. Demographic parameters, hospital treatment, and reoperations within the first postoperative year were assessed from patient records. 931 of 1,000 operative procedures were performed according to the algorithm, as compared to only 726 of 1,000 prior to its introduction (p < 0.001). After implementation of the algorithm, junior registrars still performed half of the operations, but unsupervised procedures declined from 192 of 1,000 to 105 of 1,000 (p < 0.001). The rate of reoperations declined from 18% to 12% (p < 0.001 in a multiple Cox regression analysis), with a decline of 24% to 18% for intracapsular fractures and a decline of 13% to 7% for extracapsular fractures. The proportion of bed-days caused by reoperations was reduced from 24% of total hospitalization before the algorithm was introduced to 18% after it was introduced. It is possible to implement an algorithm for treatment of all hip fracture patients in a large teaching hospital. In our case, the Hvidovre algorithm both raised the rate of supervision and reduced the rate of reoperations. The reduced reoperation rate saved many hospital bed-days.
    Acta Orthopaedica 02/2012; 83(1):26-30. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is becoming increasingly evident that hip joint deformities may be major contributors to the development of osteoarthritis, and the term 'idiopathic osteoarthritis' may be inappropriate in many cases. Our study cohort was derived from the Copenhagen Osteoarthritis Sub-study, a cross sectional population-based database of 4151 individuals, all of whom had a standard anteroposterior weight-bearing pelvic radiograph taken. Hip joints were classified according to type and degree of deformity. We defined hip osteoarthritis by a minimum joint space width of < or = 2 mm. This cut-off has a significant relationship in both sexes with the clinical presentation. The study cohort which fulfilled these inclusion criteria consisted of 322 females (149 right hips and 173 left hips) and 162 males (77 right hips and 85 left hips) with osteoarthritis. We found an overall prevalence of predisposing hip deformities in females of 62.4% and in males of 78.9%. Minor and major deformities showed the same prevalence. Both sexes had a comparable prevalence of minor and major hip joint deformity, except for pistol grip deformity, which was more prevalent in men. We concluded that 'idiopathic osteoarthritis' is uncommon, and that even minor predisposing deformities are associated with hip osteoarthritis.
    Hip international: the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy 09/2011; 21(5):537-41. · 0.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past years there has been an increasing number of total hip or total knee arthroplastic operations. Due to demographic changes this tendency will probably continue. The operation frees the patient of disabling pain and stiffness and gives back the mobility to the patient. This systematic review addresses the impact an operation has on the patients' quality of life, economy, sex-life and possibly depression. We have identified relevant articles by search of PubMed MeSH database and a traditional search of PubMed. Furthermore we have evaluated the reference lists for articles of interest.
    Ugeskrift for laeger 05/2011; 173(21):1499-502.
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, intramedullary nails (INs) for the treatment of pertrochanteric hip fractures have gained prominence relative to conventional, sliding hip screws (SHSs). There is little empirical background for this development, however. A previous series of ours suggested that the use of SHS was not adequate in situations with fragile or fractured lateral femoral walls, where it often led to lack of healing in a maximally telescoped position. We hypothesized that INs would be the superior implant in these specific circumstances. We retrospectively examined 311 consecutive patients treated in our department between 2002 and 2008, with either an IN (n = 158) or an SHS (n = 153) mounted on a 4-hole side-plate, for an AO/OTA type 31A1-2 pertrochanteric fracture with a detached greater trochanter. The status of the lesser trochanter was assessed preoperatively and the integrity of the lateral femoral wall, fracture reduction, and position of the implants were assessed postoperatively. Reoperations due to technical failure were recorded for one year postoperatively. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the groups were similar regarding demographic and biomechanical parameters. The lateral femoral wall was more frequently fractured during SHS implantation (42 patients) than in the IN group (9 patients) (p < 0.001). 6 (4%) of the 158 patients operated with IN had to be reoperated, as compared to 22 (14%) in the SHS group of 153 patients (p = 0.001). IN had a lower reoperation rate than SHS in these pertrochanteric hip fractures with a detached greater trochanter. IN left more lateral femoral walls intact.
    Acta Orthopaedica 03/2011; 82(2):166-70. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This review article describes the role of hip arthroscopy and the development of the technique over the past decade. The refinement of this technique has led to the discovery of ''new'' diseases of the hip joint. Recently, femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) has been proposed as a source of soft tissue dysfunction, motion loss, and early osteoarthritis in the hip. Recognition of FAI is important, as failure to address this underlying pathology may lead to early onset osteoarthritis and subsequent hip replacement. The preliminary results after hip arthroscopy are described.
    Ugeskrift for laeger 01/2011; 173(3):197-200.
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of the present study were threefold: to examine the distribution of knee joint osteoarthritis in a large, standardized radiological study; to examine the relationships between self reported knee pain and radiological OA; and to examine the natural history of radio-morphological change over age in individuals without radiological features of OA. The Copenhagen Osteoarthritis Study - COS is a substudy of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, a longitudinal regional health survey. From the third inclusion of the CCHS (1992-1994) 4,151 subjects were selected for subsequent standardized radiography of the pelvis, the knees, the hands, the wrists, and the lumbar spine. Images were analyzed and knee joint osteoarthritis (OA) was classified according to the radiographic atlas of Kellgren and Lawrence. Joint space width (JSW) was measured at three sites within both the medial and the lateral compartment. For the entire cohort the prevalence of radiological knee joint OA of all grades was 38.7% for men and 44.2% for women. Age stratification documented increasing knee joint OA both in regard to prevalence and morphological severity. Knee pain was universally correlated to the Kellgren and Lawrence severity of OA. In a subgroup with no features of radiological OA, a significant and linear decline in JSW with increasing age was found. We found a clear relationship between self-reported knee pain and radiological osteoarthritis. Pain was proportionally related to the severity of change. We also demonstrated a significant diminishing of joint space width with increasing age in individuals without apparent radiological degeneration.
    Skeletal Radiology 09/2010; 39(9):859-66. · 1.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The appearance of acetabular version differs between the supine and weight bearing positions in developmental dysplasia of the hip. Weight bearing radiographic evaluation has been recommended to ensure the best coherence between symptoms, functional appearance, and hip deformities. Previous prevalence estimates of acetabular retroversion in dysplastic hips have been established in radiographs recorded with the patient supine and with inclusion only if pelvic tilt met standardized criteria. We assessed the prevalence and the extent of acetabular retroversion in dysplastic hip joints in weight bearing pelvic radiographs. We assessed 95 dysplastic hip joints (54 patients) in weight bearing anteroposterior pelvic radiographs, measuring the acetabular height and the distance from the acetabular roof to the point of crossing of the acetabular rims, if present. Acetabular retroversion was found in 31 of 95 dysplastic hip joints. In 28 of 31 hip joints with retroversion, crossover of the acetabular rims was positioned within the cranial 30% sector. The degree of pelvic tilt differed between retroverted and non-retroverted dysplastic hip joints, though only reaching a statistically significant level in male dysplastic hip joints. We identified cranial acetabular retroversion in one-third of dysplastic hip joints when assessed on weight bearing pelvic radiographs. If assessed on pelvic radiographs obtained with the patient supine, and with inclusion only if the degree of pelvic tilt meets standardized criteria, the prevalence of acetabular retroversion may be underestimated.
    Acta Orthopaedica 08/2010; 81(4):436-41. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although the clinical consequences of femoroacetabular impingement have been well described, little is known about the prevalence of the anatomical malformations associated with this condition in the general population, the natural history of the condition, and the risk estimates for the development of osteoarthritis. The study material was derived from a cross-sectional population-based radiographic and questionnaire database of 4151 individuals from the Copenhagen Osteoarthritis Substudy cohort between 1991 and 1994. The subjects were primarily white, and all were from the county of Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark. The inclusion criteria for this study were met by 1332 men and 2288 women. On the basis of radiographic criteria, the hips were categorized as being without malformations or as having an abnormality consisting of a deep acetabular socket, a pistol grip deformity, or a combination of a deep acetabular socket and a pistol grip deformity. Hip osteoarthritis was defined radiographically as a minimum joint-space width of <or=2 mm. The male and female prevalences of hip joint malformations in the 3620 study subjects were 4.3% and 3.6%, respectively, for acetabular dysplasia; 15.2% and 19.4% for a deep acetabular socket; 19.6% and 5.2% for a pistol grip deformity; and 2.9% and 0.9% for a combination of a deep acetabular socket and pistol grip deformity. The male and female prevalences of a normal acetabular roof were 80.5% and 77.0%. We found no significantly increased prevalence of groin pain in subjects whose radiographs showed these hip joint malformations (all p > 0.13). A deep acetabular socket was a significant risk factor for the development of osteoarthritis (risk ratio, 2.4), as was a pistol grip deformity (risk ratio, 2.2). Acetabular dysplasia and the subject's sex were not found to be significant risk factors for the development of hip osteoarthritis (p = 0.053 and p = 0.063, respectively). The prevalence of hip osteoarthritis was 9.5% in men and 11.2% in women. The prevalence of concomitant malformations was 71.0% in men with hip osteoarthritis and 36.6% in women with hip osteoarthritis. In our study population, a deep acetabular socket and a pistol grip deformity were common radiographic findings and were associated with an increased risk of hip osteoarthritis. The high prevalence of osteoarthritis in association with malformations of the hip joint suggests that an increased focus on early identification of malformations should be considered.
    The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 05/2010; 92(5):1162-9. · 4.31 Impact Factor
  • Stig Sonne-Holm, Lars Ebskov, Steffen Jacobsen
    Ugeskrift for laeger 07/2009; 171(24):2047.
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    ABSTRACT: An acetabular labral tear is a diagnostic challenge. Various clinical tests have been described, but little is known about their diagnostic sensitivity and specificity. We investigated the diagnostic validity of clinical tests and ultrasound as compared with MR arthrography. We examined 18 patients (18 hips, 2 men, median age 43 (32-56) years) with impingement test, FABER test, resisted straight leg raise test, ultrasound, and MR arthrography. They had had previous periacetabular osteotomies due to symptomatic, acetabular dysplasia. All hips showed no or only slight signs of osteoarthritis (Tönnis grade 0-1). MR arthrography identified labral tears in 17 of the 18 hips. Ultrasound had a sensitivity of 94%, a positive predictive value of 94%, and was false negative in only 1 case compared to MR arthrography. The impingement test had the best diagnostic ability of the clinical tests, with a sensitivity of 59% and a specificity of 100%. The positive predictive value was 100% while the negative predictive value was 13%. The impingement test is helpful in identifying acetabular labral tears. If this test is negative and if a labral tear is still suspected, ultrasound can reliably diagnose most tears of the acetabular labrum. MR arthrography is indicated in cases where ultrasound is negative, but the patient suffers continued, specific symptoms.
    Acta Orthopaedica 02/2009; 80(3):314-8. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Preoperative posterior tilt in undisplaced (Garden I-II) femoral neck fractures is thought to influence rates of reoperation. However, an exact method for its measurement has not yet been presented. We designed a new measurement for posterior tilt on preoperative lateral radiographs and investigated its association with later reoperation. A consecutive series of 113 patients, > or = 60 years of age with undisplaced (Garden I-II) femoral neck fractures treated with two parallel implants, was assessed regarding patient characteristics, radiographs, and rate of reoperation within the first year. In a subgroup of 50 randomly selected patients, reliability tests for measurement of posterior tilt were performed. Intra- and interclass coefficients for the new measurement were > or = 0.94. 23% (26/113) of patients were reoperated and increased posterior tilt was an accurate predictor of failure (p = 0.002). 14/25 of posteriorly tilted fractures > or = 20 degrees were reoperated, as compared to 12/88 of fractures with less tilt (p < 0.001). In multiple logistic regression analysis including sex, age, ASA score, cognitive function, new mobility score, time from admission to operation, surgeon's expertise, postoperative reduction, and implant positioning, a preoperative posterior tilt of > or = 20 degrees was the only significant predictor of reoperation (p < 0.001). The new measurement for posterior tilt appears to be reliable and able to predict reoperation in patients with undisplaced (Garden I-II) femoral neck fractures.
    Acta Orthopaedica 01/2009; 80(3):303-7. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cam deformity is a preosteoarthritic malformation causing premature hip-joint degeneration. While the pathogenetic pathway from deformity to osteoarthrosis (OA) has been well established, almost nothing is known of the malformation's epidemiology. To determine the distribution of cam deformity in a large, unselected cohort from standardized anteroposterior (AP) pelvic radiographs. The distribution of cam deformity was assessed in 3202 (1184 male, 2018 female) standardized AP pelvic radiographs using the triangular index (TI) and the alpha angle. The relationships between cam malformation and self-reported hip pain were evaluated, and the relative importance of known risk factors for cam malformation estimated. We found a pronounced sex-related difference in cam-deformity distribution. The overall prevalence of cam deformity was approximately 17% in men and 4% in women. The distribution of cam deformity was unaltered in subjects with normal joint-space width or other features of hip-joint degeneration. We found no significant association with self-reported hip pain, nor did we find any relative importance of possible risk factors for hip deformity, such as body-mass index (BMI), occupational exposure to heavy workloads, or concomitant acetabular dysplasia. The results lend support to the thesis that cam deformity represents a silent slipped capital epiphysis, predominantly in men, and that it is a far from uncommon deformity in subjects with no apparent evidence of hip-joint osteoarthritis.
    Acta Radiologica 06/2008; 49(4):436-41. · 1.35 Impact Factor
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    Henrik Husted, Gitte Holm, Steffen Jacobsen
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    ABSTRACT: Very few studies have focused on patient characteristics that influence length of stay (LOS) in fast-track total hip (THR) and knee arthroplasty (TKR). The aim of this prospective study was to identify patient characteristics associated with LOS and patient satisfaction after total hip and knee replacement surgery. Between September 2003 and December 2005, 712 consecutive, unselected patients (440 women) with a mean age of 69 (31-91) years were admitted for hip and knee replacement surgery at our specialized fast-track joint replacement unit. Epidemiological, physical, and perioperative parameters were registered and correlated to LOS and patient satisfaction. 92% of the patients were discharged directly to their homes within 5 days, and 41% were discharged within 3 days. Age, sex, marital status, co-morbidity, preoperative use of walking aids, pre- and postoperative hemoglobin levels, the need for blood transfusion, ASA score, and time between surgery and mobilization, were all found to influence postoperative outcome in general, and LOS and patient satisfaction in particular. We identified several patient characteristics that influence postoperative outcome, LOS, and patient satisfaction in our series of consecutive fast-track joint replacement patients, enabling further attention to be paid to certain aspects of surgery and rehabilitation.
    Acta Orthopaedica 05/2008; 79(2):168-73. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Neutral pelvic positioning during recording of anteroposterior pelvic radiographs has been recommended for precise interpretation of acetabular deformities. Because the effect of pelvic positioning is controversial in the literature, we asked whether the weightbearing position would alter radiographic interpretations. We obtained sets of supine and weightbearing anteroposterior pelvic radiographs of 31 patients with developmental dysplasia of the hip and measured pelvic tilt, acetabular version, center edge angle, acetabular index, joint space width and femoral head translation. For both genders the pelvis extended when patients were repositioned from supine to weightbearing but extension was more pronounced in women compared with men. The number of patients with apparent acetabular retroversion was reduced from 11 supine to four when weightbearing. The center edge angle, acetabular index, joint space width and femoral head translation were similar in both views. We recommend weightbearing anteroposterior pelvic radiographs be obtained to assess DDH given the differences in pelvic flexion-extension and interpretations of acetabular version. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level III, diagnostic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 05/2008; 466(4):813-9. · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acetabular labral tears are highly associated with hip dysplasia. Magnetic resonance arthrography (MR arthrography) is the expensive and time-consuming contemporary gold-standard method in the radiological assessment of acetabular labral tears. To assess the diagnostic ability of noninvasive ultrasound (US) examination compared to MR arthrography in diagnosing acetabular labral tears in dysplastic hip joints. The study compared US examination and MR arthrography diagnosis of labral tears in 20 consecutively referred dysplastic hip joints. The ability to diagnose acetabular labral tears upon US examination was calculated: sensitivity 44%, specificity 75%, positive predictive value 88%, and negative predictive value 25%. Conclusion: The ability of US examination in diagnosing acetabular labral tears is not yet good enough. The technique is still to be developed, and more experience, especially with the interpretation of US examinations, is needed.
    Acta Radiologica 12/2007; 48(9):1004-10. · 1.35 Impact Factor

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992 Citations
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  • 2003–2013
    • Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre
      • Department of Orthopedics
      Hvidovre, Capital Region, Denmark
  • 2008
    • Aarhus University Hospital
      • Department of Radiology
      Aarhus, Central Jutland, Denmark
  • 2004–2005
    • Copenhagen University Hospital
      København, Capital Region, Denmark
    • Rigshospitalet
      • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark