The acetabular point: A morphological and ontogenetic study

C. Rissech, J. R. Sañudo, A. Malgosa

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The acetabular point was analysed by studying human pelvic bones from 326 individuals ranging from newborns to age 97 y. The bones were categorised into 3 groups according to the degree of fusion for the 3 elements of the pelvis: nonfused (59), semifused (5) and fused (262). The acetabular point in immature pelvic bones is clearly represented by the point of the fusion lines for each bony element at the level of the acetabular fossa. In adult pelvic bones the acetabular fossa has an irregular clover-leaf shape, the superior lobe being smaller than the anterior and posterior lobes. Cross-sectional analysis of acetabular morphology suggested that the acetabular point in adult pelvic bones is always represented by the indentation between the superior and the anterior lobes of the acetabular fossa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-748
JournalJournal of Anatomy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2001


  • Acetabulum
  • Bone
  • Pelvis


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