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Developmental Hip Dysplasia

What is Developmental Hip Dysplasia

It is an abnormal hip development that can lead to a dislocated hip if left untreated.

What causes Developmental Hip Dysplasia?

Risk factors include first-born females, family history and the breech position.

What are the symptoms?
  • It may be detected during routine screening of newborns, revealing a subluxate or dislocated hip.
  • Older infants may have asymmetrical skin creases on the thigh
  • Toddlers may walk with a painless limp.
Treatment options
  • Dependent on the child's age:

    • From 0 - 6 months, a strap device (Pavlik Harness).
    • 6-12 months, a closed reduction of hip and cast under general anaesthesia.
    • 12-18 months, an open reduction of hip with cast.
    • 18-24 months, an open reduction of hip with pelvic bone realignment and cast.
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