A slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a hip problem. The ball-shaped upper end of the thigh bone (femur) slips at the area where the bone is growing. When this happens, the femur does not fit right in the hip socket.
This happens most often in teens during a growth spurt. This is a rapid increase in height. Rapid weight gain or an injury also can cause it. Your child may have hip or knee pain. He or she may walk with a limp.
Your child will need surgery. The doctor will put a screw in the bone. This holds the bone in place and lets it heal. If not fixed, this problem can lead to early arthritis of the hip or worse problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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