Obesity and decreased femoral anteversion in adolescence

Robert T. Galbraith, Richar H. Gelberman, Paul C. Hajek, Lori A. Baker, David J. Sartoris, George T. Rab, Mark S. Cohen, Paul P. Griffin

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The degree of femoral anteversion in a group of obese adolescent children and a group of adolescent children of normal weight was determined by either magnetic resonance imaging or computerized axial tomography. Compared with the children of normal weight, the obese children showed a significantly reduced angle of femoral anteversion. Increased biomechanical forces generated across the hip joint of obese children leads to increased remodeling of the femoral neck. This may account for the association of slipped capital femoral epiphysis, reduced femoral anteversion, and obesity in the adolescent population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


  • Anteversion
  • Magnetic resonance image
  • Obesity
  • Remodeling


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