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Delay in diagnosis of slipped upper femoral epiphysis

Authors
  • S Ankarath
  • A B Y Ng
  • P V Giannoudis
  • B W Scott
Publisher
The Royal Society of Medicine
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2002
Source
PMC
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Abstract

Treatment of slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) is directed at preventing progressive slippage, minimizing deformity and avoiding avascular necrosis and chondrolysis. Delay in treatment adversely affects long-term outcomes. In a retrospective study we assessed delays between symptom onset and evaluation of the patient in an orthopaedic department. 27 patients aged 10-16 years were grouped by source of referral (general practitioner or accident and emergency department), and hips were classified as stable or unstable according to ability to bear weight.

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