Septic arthritis of the hip in infancy: Long-term follow-up

Matthew B. Dobbs, John J. Sheridan, J. Eric Gordon, Carey L. Corley, Deborah A. Szymanski, Perry L. Schoenecker

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At a mean 15-year follow-up, the authors evaluated five hips in five patients who had complete destruction of the femoral head and neck from septic arthritis when they were 3 months old. All patients were treated with a trochanteric arthroplasty in combination with a proximal femoral varus osteotomy at a mean age of 30 months in an attempt to salvage a femoral-pelvic articulation. Results suggest this treatment can provide a stable, painless, and functional hip, with an improved gait and less leg-length discrepancy than predicted if no reconstructive effort were attempted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-168
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003


  • Arthroplasty
  • Hip
  • Infancy
  • Sepsis
  • Trochanteric


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