Bilateral femoral neck fractures following a grand mal seizure

Eric Vanderhooft, Marc Swiontkowski

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Fractures of the hip following seizure are uncommon but mayhave devastating consequences if allowed to go unrecognized. The presence of groin pain suggests hip pathology, but the ability to ambulate does not necessarily rule out fracture. Sprains around joints are common; hip sprains are not. Given the powerful contractions that occur with convulsions, musculoskeletal pain following seizure should not be dismissed until fractures or dislocations have been ruled out. We report the case of a young man with bilateral hip fractures following seizure, illustrating the violent muscular forces possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1191
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994


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