Slipped capital femoral epiphysis in Down syndrome

Frederick R. Dietz, Stephen A. Albanese, Danielle A. Katz, Matthew B. Dobbs, Peter B. Salamon, Perry L. Schoenecker, Michael D. Sussman

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Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and Down syndrome are both uncommon in the population at large, and rarely are both conditions present in a single individual. Institutional records were searched for both Down syndrome and SCFE. At least 2 years of follow-up was required. Eight patients were identified. At presentation four patients could not walk due to pain and four could walk. Six of eight hips presented with grade III SCFE. Four hips were treated with internal fixation in situ and four were manipulatively reduced in the operating room at the time of fixation with percutaneous screws or pins. Three hips healed uneventfully. Five hips developed aseptic necrosis (three partial, two whole head). This small retrospective study suggests an extremely high rate of complications in adolescents with Down syndrome and SCFE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-513
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2004


  • Aseptic necrosis of the hip
  • Down syndrome
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis


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