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Orthop Clin North Am. 1980 Oct;11(4):743-54.

Hip injuries in children and adolescents.


Hip injuries in children present a wide spectrum of problems. Frequently because of the severity of the trauma involved, other injuries may take precedence and may require modification of the usual approaches to treatment. However, certain precepts are essential to the successful treatment of these injuries and should be kept in mind regardless of the milieu in which they are found. In the child with a hip dislocation, the potential presence of an acetabular, femoral head, femoral shaft, patellar or tibial plateau fracture must always be considered. Specialized x-ray views are necessary for this evaluation. Laminography and arthrography may also be required. The essential feature of successful subsequent treatment is a gentle closed reduction performed within 24 hours of injury. Treatment of displaced fractures of the femoral neck remains an unresolved issue. Accurate reduction held with adequate internal fixation would appear to offer the best chance for a successful result. The possible complications of avascular necrosis, delayed union and non-union, coxa vara, premature closure of the epiphyseal plate, and shortening should be appreciated. Early institution of appropriate treatment may mitigate the ultimate effect of these potentially devastating problems.

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