The use of the posterior lesser trochanter line to estimate femoral neck version: an analysis of computed tomography measurements.

Journal of Arthroplasty

PubMedID: 22521400

Shon WY, Yun HH, Yang JH, Song SY, Park SB, Lee JW. The use of the posterior lesser trochanter line to estimate femoral neck version: an analysis of computed tomography measurements. J Arthroplasty. 2013;28(2):352-8.
We hypothesized that the lesser trochanter could be a useful guide for estimating femoral component version during total hip arthroplasty. We conducted a study of 88 patients to evaluate the relationship between the posterior lesser trochanter line (PLTL) and the femoral neck axis (FNA) using computed tomographic scans. The mean angle between the PLTL and the FNA was 17.4° ± 7.1° (range, -1.6° to 36.5°). The PLTL angle correlated (r(2) = 0.67-0.72) with the FNA angle. Intraclass correlation coefficient values showed a high level of intraobserver and interobserver agreement in the angles between the PLTL and the FNA. We found a constant relationship between the lesser trochanter and the FNA, and femoral neck version can be estimated, using the PLTL, with reasonable reliability.