Hip fractures in children
- Kimberly P Stone, MD, MS, MA
Kimberly P Stone, MD, MS, MA
- Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
- University of Washington
- Klane White, MD
Klane White, MD
- Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
- University of Washington School of Medicine
- Section Editor
- Richard G Bachur, MD
Richard G Bachur, MD
- Section Editor — Pediatric Trauma
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics
- Harvard Medical School
- Deputy Editor
- James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH
- Senior Deputy Editor — Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Senior Deputy Editor — Primary Care Sports Medicine (Adolescents and Adults)
- Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine/Traumatology
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
This topic will review issues related to hip fractures (proximal femur and femoral neck fractures) in children. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and femoral shaft fractures in children are discussed separately. (See "Evaluation and management of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)" and "Femoral shaft fractures in children".)
●Type I: Transepiphyseal – These are fractures through the proximal femoral physis, and represent Salter-Harris type I fractures of the proximal femur . Subtypes are IA (without dislocation) and IB (with dislocation) (figure 1). These are the least common types of hip fracture in children, accounting for <10 percent of these fractures [1,3,5-7]. Transepiphyseal fractures occur more commonly in young children and infants. In neonates they are equivalent to "proximal femoral epiphysiolysis," resulting from difficult delivery [1,3]. These fractures are also associated with femoral head dislocations . In children under two years of age, the presence of a transepiphyseal fracture should prompt an evaluation for nonaccidental trauma when a history of trauma is lacking or of insufficient force to explain the degree of injury.
●Type II: Transcervical – This most common type of pediatric hip fracture extends through the mid-portion of the femoral neck and is found in 40 to 50 percent of children [1,3,5-10].
●Type III: Cervicotrochanteric – This fracture occurs through the base of the femoral neck and is seen in 25 to 35 percent of children with hip fractures [1,3,5-10].
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- CLINICAL ANATOMY
- MECHANISM OF INJURY
- CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND EXAMINATION
- RADIOGRAPHIC FINDINGS
- INITIAL TREATMENT
- Provisional reduction
- Emergency decompression
- Child protection
- INDICATIONS FOR ORTHOPEDIC CONSULT OR REFERRAL
- DEFINITIVE CARE
- FOLLOW-UP CARE
- RETURN TO SPORT OR WORK
- STRESS FRACTURES OF THE HIP
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS