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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 226-228

Sacral stress fractures in military recruits: A commonly missed uncommon entity

1 Department of Orthopaedics, INHS Kalyani, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Orthopaedics, AFMC, Pune, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Radiodiagnosis, INHS Kalyani, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Surg Lt Cdr (Dr) Mohammed Schezan Iqbal
Department of Orthopaedics, INHS Kalyani, Visakhapatnam - 530 005, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmms.jmms_30_20

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Sacral stress fractures are a relatively rare entity which are particularly difficult to identify and diagnose. A high index of suspicion, especially in individuals at risk, like long-distance runners, female athletes, military recruits, and individuals who have recently started training for competitive sports and are hence unaccustomed to training, who complain of low backache with or without buttock or groin pain, will indeed help the physician in not missing out on this diagnosis. A thorough evaluation, including tests to rule out insufficiency fractures due to associated illnesses along with a magnetic resonance imaging of the sacroiliac joints, is mandatory to recognize this problem and institute early, appropriate treatment.

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