Slipped upper femoral epiphysis

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Left sided hip pain. No trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 10
Gender: Male
X-ray

A line drawn up the lateral margin of the left femoral metaphysis does not intersect the epiphysis on the AP view. Appearances of slipped upper femoral epiphysis. The right side appears normal.

Case Discussion

SUFE on the left. Bilateral disease is not uncommon and even though the right hip appears normal on this examination, a frog-leg view should be performed to ensure that this is the case. Some orthopaedic surgeons elect to prophylactically pin the unaffected hip.

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Case information

rID: 7688
Case created: 19th Nov 2009
Last edited: 3rd Jul 2017
System: Paediatrics
Tags: hip, femur
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