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Am J Public Health. 1998 Feb;88(2):285-8.

Early detection of developmental dysplasia of the hip in The Netherlands: the validity of a standardized assessment protocol in infants.

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Organisation for Home Care, Hengelo, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated the validity of the traditionally recommended screening protocol for developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants.

METHODS:

Study children (n = 1968) underwent a standardized screening examination.

RESULTS:

The incidence of developmental dysplasia of the hip was 3.7%. The sensitivity of the test protocol was 86%, the specificity was 82%, and the predictive values of positive and negative tests were 16% and 99%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

The validity of the screening protocol for developmental dysplasia of the hip is disappointingly low. The yield of adding an ultrasonographic examination to current screening activities needs further study.

PMID:
9491024
PMCID:
PMC1508179
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.2.285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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