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Septic arthritis of the paediatric hip

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Mr David Ferguson, Mr Kurt Haendlmayer
Foundation Years Journal, volume 6, issue 3, p.20 (123Doc Education, London, March 2012)


We present a case of a 12-year-old girl with a 2-day history of pain in her right hip. Key elements in her history and examination reveal the cardinal features of septic arthritis and are then confirmed on further investigation. Paediatric hip pain is very common and has many different causes. One of the most concerning and significant causes is septic arthritis. Diagnosis of this disorder can be difficult. Our aim in this case based review article is to describe the management by example. We recommend using a scoring system to decide which children are most at risk of septic arthritis, in order to guide initial management. We also describe the surgical treatment for septic arthritis of the hip, once the diagnosis has been made.

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Mr David Ferguson


Mr Kurt Haendlmayer



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