An interesting case of external type of coxa saltans treated by z plasty of iliotibial band-a case report


  • Mohamed Sameer M. Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Sibi Sanjay Baskaran Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



Coxa saltans, Snapping hip, Z plasty, Iliotibial band, External snapping hip


Coxa saltans commonly known as snapping hip is a nagging illness which can physically and mentally hinder patients life. A snapping hip (coxa saltans) secondary to a tight iliotibial band rarely needs surgical release since most cases respond well to conservative management. The purpose of this study is to present the surgical results of refractory external-type snapping hip by Z-plasty of the iliotibial band. We present a case report of 47-year-old lady who was diagnosed to have snapping hip of external type who was treated with Brignall and stainsby technique of Z plasty. The surgical results of Z-plasty are excellent and predictable. Careful examination is necessary to rule out other causes. Z-plasty is recommended as an effective surgical treatment of the refractory snapping hip.


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