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<i>Congenital dislocation of the hip</i>

Ian Leck

in Antenatal and Neonatal Screening

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192628268
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723605 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628268.003.0016
Congenital dislocation of the hip

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This chapter describes screening for congenital dislocation of the hip. The aim of screening is to prevent persistent hip dislocation (PHD). In PHD, the head of the femur remains located either totally outside the acetabulum or only partially within in. This causes increasing disability once the child begins to walk. Neonatal screening and treatment of those who test positive is widely practised but has been poorly evaluated. Its value remains uncertain, although observational studies suggest that it reduces the incidence of PHD when competently performed.

Keywords: neonatal screening; prevention; congenital dislocation; neonatal treatment

Chapter.  12843 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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