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Shenton's line

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A radiographic, curved line formed by the top of the obturator foramen and the inner side of the neck of the femur, used to determine the relationship of the head of the femur to the acetabulum. In fractures or congenital luxation this line is broken.


  • E. W. H. Shenton:
    Disease in Bone and Its detection by the X-Rays.
    London: Macmillan, 1911. Page 42.
  • C. Renner:
    Die Shenton-Linie.
    Zentralblatt für Chirurgie, Leipzig, 1925, 52: 2875-2876.
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