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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1979 Aug;61-B(3):334-8.

The natural history of congenital disease of the hip.


Fifty-four adults with eighty hips affected by congenital disease which had not been treated have been reviewed. Fifty-nine per cent of forty-two dislocated hips had fair or poor grading scores. The incidence of osteoarthritis was markedly increased in the presence of a well-developed false acetabulum. Unilateral dislocation led to valgus deformity and degenerative changes in the ipsilateral knee in seven of twenty-two patients. Dislocation did not increase the incidence of symptomatic lumbar spondylosis. The height of the dislocated head on the ilium was not found to be related to the prognosis for the hip, the knee or the lumbar spine and did not correlate with the development of the false acetabulum. Frank congenital subluxation eventually led to osteoarthritis of the hip.

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