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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2009 May;91(5):666-9. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.91B5.22160.

Slipped upper femoral epiphysis in Hashimoto's thyroiditis in a 29-year-old man.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.


Slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) with an open physis is rare in an adult and the condition may present without prior diagnosis of an underlying medical condition. We have treated a 29-year-old man with bilateral SUFE associated with autoimmune hypothyroidism. The management was delayed and complicated by co-existing autoimmune chronic active hepatitis. He underwent thyroxine therapy and bilateral pinning in situ with a single ASNIS screw. Closure of the physis occurred after five months on the right side. The left side required a further corrective intertrochanteric osteotomy, and it was only after 13 months that complete fusion of this physis was seen. The case highlights the need to consider endocrine and metabolic conditions in atypical presentation of SUFE.

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