Neglected, developmental hip dislocation treated with external iliofemoral distraction, open reduction, and pelvic osteotomy

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medical University of Silesia, Ziołowa 45/47, Katowice, Poland.
Journal of pediatric orthopaedics. Part B / European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (Impact Factor: 0.59). 05/2012; 21(3):209-14. DOI: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32834adb36
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Between 1995 and 2003, we operated upon 18 children with 20 hips involved, aged 5-11 years (average: 7.5 years) suffering from an inveterate high developmental dislocation of the hip joint. An average follow-up period of our middle-term study was 51 months (range: 34-96 months). A two-staged management was applied. First, femoral head was lowered back to the level of acetabulum with an external fixator or a distractor device. The second stage involved open reduction combined with pelvic osteotomy and, in four cases with femoral derotation osteotomy. We noted two cases of avascular necrosis. Equal limb length was achieved in 15 cases. There were two cases of 0.5-cm length discrepancy, two cases of 1-cm length inequalities, and one case of 5-cm limb shortening. We endorse this method in neglected cases of previously untreated unilateral high developmental hip dislocations in children aged 8-10 years. It results in a usable hip joint without the need of femoral shaft shortening and facilitates future joint replacement.

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