Slipped upper femoral epiphysis

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Overweight girl presented in casualty following school sports event with pain in the left hip and a limp

Patient Data

Age: 11 years
Gender: Female

Difficult to interpret given the rotation of the hips. Need frogleg view.


"Frog-leg" lateral of hips

Case Discussion

Slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE; also know as slipped capital femoral epiphysis) is a common cause of pain in the hip in adolescents. The presentation can be subtle and the radiologist needs to bear the diagnosis in mind constantly when viewing hips. Undetected and untreated SUFE can lead to deformity and long term problems progressing to osteoarthritis.

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Case information

rID: 17884
Published: 22nd May 2012
Last edited: 24th Sep 2015
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