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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1984 Aug;66(4):479-84.

Problems in the early recognition of hip dysplasia.


Ten children who had clinically stable hips at birth were radiographed at one month because they had factors predisposing to hip dislocation. In all cases one or both hips gave rise to a suspicion of dysplasia, though clinical abnormalities were slow to appear. Four of these hips subsequently dislocated. We believe that infants with late presentation of acetabular dysplasia and clinical abnormality belong to a different aetiological group from those with neonatal instability due to ligamentous laxity. The significance of this differentiation is that some infants presenting late have only recently dislocated, and the diagnosis has not necessarily been "missed" at neonatal examination.

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