Un­der­stand ar­ray of hip ail­ments that can be­fall chil­dren

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

Wsyn­ovi­tis re­mains the most com­mon cause of hip pain in chil­dren aged three to eight years. Ir­ri­ta­ble hip is a di­ag­no­sis of ex­clu­sion though as many of the signs and symp­toms of ir­ri­ta­ble hip can mir­ror those of sep­tic arthri­tis.

Sep­tic arthri­tis is an in­fec­tion of a joint space with bac­te­ria. It usu­ally presents with se­vere pain, in­abil­ity to weight bear and sys­temic fea­tures such as fever, lethargy and loss of ap­petite.

This re­ally is a med­i­cal emer­gency as late de­tec­tion can lead to sep­sis ( bac­te­ria in blood) and joint de­struc­tion as well as bone in­fec­tion.

All of this can lead to long- term dis­abil­ity within the af­fected limb.

All chil­dren with a limp and fever should be seen by a health pro­fes­sional as soon as pos­si­ble. There is no known ge­netic link for tran­sient syn­ovi­tis, so rest easy there.

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