Nelaton's line

Nelaton's line

Nelaton's Line (also known as the Roser-Nélaton line) is a theoretical line drawn from the anterior superior iliac spine to the tuberosity of the ischium.

It was named for German surgeon and ophthalmologist Wilhelm Roser and French surgeon Auguste Nélaton.

Clinical significance

Normally the greater trochanter of the femur lies in this line, but in cases of iliac joint dislocation of the hip or fracture of the neck of the femur the trochanter is felt above the line.


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