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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1990 Mar;72(2):197-201.

Ultrasound and congenital dislocation of the hip. The importance of dynamic assessment.

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  • 1Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Headington, Oxford, England.


One-hundred newborn children at high risk of hip instability were prospectively assessed clinically and by ultrasound. The decision to treat was based only on the clinical examination. At the age of three months all the children were evaluated clinically and with an anteroposterior radiograph of the pelvis. None of the standard ultrasound measurements of acetabular depth and femoral head cover correlated with the outcome at three months. Dynamic assessment of stability was the only ultrasound technique that had a significant relation with outcome.

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