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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2014 April;173(4):219-22

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Sacral stress fracture in an amateur rower without female athlete triad

Tudor E. C. G. 1, Wharton R. 2, Eseonu K. C. 3

1 Victoria Hospital, Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy, Fife, UK; 2 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK; 3 Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK


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Stress fractures are fatigue fractures occurring in normal bone, often in athletes performing repetitive exercise. We report the case of a 20-year-old female runner who presented with insidious-onset lower back pain. On MRI scanning, a stress fracture through her left sacral ala was noted. She was managed conservatively and returned to full activity after 3 months. This rarely reported condition has been linked to the ‘female athlete triad’ of associated features, namely amenorrheoa, osteoporosis and an eating disorder, none of which our subject had.

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