Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (Pediatric)

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is a growth plate problem at the hip that tends to occur in pre-adolescent years and may be associated with increased body mass.


Pain may be at the hip, groin, buttocks, or even radiate down the thigh to the knee. The femoral head growth plate fails slowly in chronic, stable cases causing deformity of the hip joint. An unstable slip is essentially a hip fracture with inability to walk. Surgery is always recommended for SCFE to stabilize the growth plate and prevent further hip deformity. Having SCFE increases lifetime risk of hip arthritis.


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