Pistol grip deformity (hip)

Dr Ayush Goel and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The pistol grip deformity is considered a typical radiographic sign of cam-type femoroacetabular impingement. The shape of the proximal femur is reminiscent of a flintlock pistol known from old pirate movies.

History and etymology

It was first described by American orthopedic surgeon S David Stulberg and co-workers in 1975 1,2.

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Article information

rID: 37105
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pistol grip deformity

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: pistol grip deformity of the hip
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  • Case 2: bilateral
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