Closed reduction of developmental dislocation of the hip in children older than 18 months

Perry L. Schoenecker, Peter A. Dollard, John J. Sheridan, William B. Strecker

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Thirty-eight hips in 32 patients 3=18 months of age had closed reduction attempted for developmental dislocation of the hip. Twenty-six hips in 24 patients had an initially successful closed reduction. During cast treatment three of 26 hips had progressive subluxation or dislocation requiring open reduction with or without concomitant osteotomies. The remaining 23 hips, with an average follow-up of 8 + 8 years, are thought to have had a successful closed reduction. Eleven of those hips have required no further surgical procedures and had an average acetabular index of 18° at last follow-up. Twelve of the 23 hips that had successful closed reduction required a femoral or pelvic osteotomy for failure to remodel. Younger age (<22 months) at the time of reduction and lower grade (I and II) dislocation were favorable prognostic indicators of the likelihood of successful closed reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-767
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • Closed reduction
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip


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