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Congenital Hip Dislocation Overview

What is a congenital hip dislocation?
An infant with a congenital hip dislocation is born with abnormal alignment between the femur and the pelvis at the hip joint. The infant has a painless dislocation that is first discovered during a routine physical examination. Congenital hip dislocation occurs in about one out of every 1,000 births and is nine times more common in females. The cause for congenital hip dislocation is unknown.

What are the symptoms of a congenital hip dislocation?
Symptoms of congenital hip dislocation include uneven skin folds in the groin, one leg longer than the other, and a limp in toddlers.

How does the doctor treat a congenital hip dislocation?
Treatment for congenital hip dislocation includes Pavlik harness, hip brace, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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