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Slipped Hip in Child Overview

Another name for Slipped Hip in Child is Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.

What is a slipped capital femoral epiphysis?
A child with a slipped capital femoral epiphysis has a separation of the ball at the top of the femur, from the shaft of the femur. This occurs at the growth plate, where bone growth takes place. The cause of slipped capital femoral epiphysis is unknown. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis is most common in males between the ages of 10 and 13, and it usually heals without complications.

What are the symptoms of a slipped capital femoral epiphysis?
Symptoms of a slipped capital femoral epiphysis include hip pain, knee pain, limping, and difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat a slipped capital femoral epiphysis?
Treatment for a slipped capital femoral epiphysis includes crutches and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Rarely, surgery may be required to treat a slipped capital femoral epiphysis.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Slipped Hip in Child References
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