CHARLES J. ODGERS IV, M.D., Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery

KIRK DABNEY, M.D., Attending Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

March 19, 1996






An 11-year-old boy presented with a one year history of right knee pain. He stated that his knee recently "gave way" when running down the stairs at school. He described his discomfort as a deep achy pain on the medial aspect of his knee. There was no history of trauma, nor had the pain limited his activities until recently. Pt denied numbness, paresthesias, or weakness in his right leg. He denied fevers, chills, and any recent illnesses. He denied history of hip or groin pain.


Examination revealed an obese adolescent male in no acute distress. Height- 149cm(50%) Weight- 59 Kg(>95%). Right knee appeared atraumatic without any areas of point tenderness. There was diffuse pain in the knee with passive ROM. Examination of the hips revealed no tenderness, however there was increased ER and decreased IR of the right hip compared to the left. There were no gait abnormalities.


An AP pelvis and frog-leg lateral radiographs of both hips were obtained. On the AP pelvis radiograph, there was notable widening and irregularity of the proximal femoral epiphyseal growth plate, and Klein's line did not intersect the epiphysis. The frog-leg lateral view of the right hip demonstrated an obvious grade 1 slipped capital femoral epiphysis.


The patient was admitted to the hospital, placed on strict bedrest, and he had an in situ pinning of his right hip the next day. There were no postoperative complications, and he was discharged one day later. By the time of his follow-up visit three weeks later, he was riding his bike and had discarded his crutches. An AP pelvis and frog-leg lateral radiographs of both hips were obtained which were normal. At his three-month follow-up visit, the patient complained of a two week history of vague left hip pain. AP and frog-leg lateral radiographs revealed a grade 1 left slipped capital femoral epiphysis. He had an in situ pinning of his left hip the next day without complications .


SCFE- Clinical Presentation

SCFE- Radiographic Presentation

Epidemiology of Bilateral SCFE

Bilateral SCFE and Endocrine Disorders

Prophylactic Pinning of the Contralateral Hip in Patients with SCFE

  1. Patient should be followed with serial radiographs(AP pelvis and lateral view of hip) every 3-4 months
  2. Make pt aware of prodromal symptoms
  3. If symptoms develop-return immediately for evaluation
  1. 1. Patient with known metabolic or endocrinologic disorder
  2. 2. Patient with inability to obtain timely and appropriate follow-up due to personal or family circumstances
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