Journal article

Hip surveillance in children with cerebral palsy

F Dobson, RN Boyd, J Parrott, GR Nattrass, HK Graham

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B | Published : 2002


We studied prospectively the impact of a hip surveillance clinic on the management of spastic hip disease in children with cerebral palsy in a tertiary referral centre. Using a combination of primary clinical and secondary radiological screening we were able to detect spastic hip disease at an early stage in most children and to offer early surgical intervention. The principal effect on surgical practice was that more preventive surgery was carried out at a younger age and at a more appropriate stage of the disease. The need for reconstructive surgery has decreased and that for salvage surgery has been eliminated. Displacement of the hip in children with cerebral palsy meets specific criteri..

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