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Hip Dysplasia (Children)

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip Dysplasia is the abnormal development of the hip joint, which can result in a dislocated hip if untreated.

What are the signs & symptoms of Hip Dysplasia?

The symptoms of Hip Dysplasia are:

  • Newborn child with subluxable or dislocatable hip which may be picked up during routine screening
  • Asymmetrical skin creases of the thigh (in older infants)
  • A painless limp (when the toddler walks)
Who is at risk of Hip Dysplasia?

Risk factors include being the firstborn female, family history and breech position.

What are the treatment options for Hip Dysplasia?

Treatment depends on the age of the child:
Age 0-6 months, a strap device (Pavlik Harness) is used.
Age 6-12 months, a closed reduction of hip and cast under general anaesthesia is done.
Age 12-18 months, an open reduction of hip with cast is done.
Age 18-24 months, an open reduction of hip with pelvic bone realignment and cast is done.

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