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Case reports: acetabular damage after mild slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23184672     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a common hip problem in adolescents that results in a cam-type femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) deformity. Although the treatment for mild (slip angle of 0°-30°) and moderate (slip angle of 31°-60°) SCFE has historically been in situ fixation, recent studies have demonstrated impingement-related articular damage, irrespective of slip severity. Our series confirms previous reports that acetabular chondral injury occurs in mild to low-moderate (slip angle of ≤ 40°) SCFE.
CASE DESCRIPTION: We retrospectively reviewed five patients who underwent arthroscopy and femoral osteoplasty within 18 months after in situ stabilization. All had labral and/or acetabular damage.
LITERATURE REVIEW: Osteoarthritis rates after SCFE range from 24% to 92% at 11 to 28 years, depending on how osteoarthritis is defined. Long-term followup suggests patients have acceptable outcomes, but these studies are limited by heterogeneity and a ceiling effect from the instruments used to assess function. Although the femoral deformity remodels, it is unclear what secondary changes occur in the acetabulum. Recent investigations suggest patients are functionally limited after SCFE owing to FAI compared with controls. MRI findings and surgical reports document impingement-related joint damage after SCFE, even in the absence of symptoms. Based on this, some advocate timely correction of the cam deformity inherent in SCFE.
PURPOSES AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Further study is warranted to determine whether immediate osteoplasty after in situ fixation of mild SCFE is beneficial to limit articular damage and improve long-term outcomes.
Cara Beth Lee; Travis Matheney; Yi-Meng Yen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical orthopaedics and related research     Volume:  471     ISSN:  1528-1132     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res.     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-10     Completed Date:  2013-08-28     Revised Date:  2014-07-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0075674     Medline TA:  Clin Orthop Relat Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2163-72     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acetabulum / pathology*,  physiopathology,  radiography,  surgery
Biomechanical Phenomena
Disease Progression
Femoracetabular Impingement / etiology,  pathology
Hip Joint / pathology*,  physiopathology,  radiography,  surgery
Osteoarthritis, Hip / etiology,  pathology
Range of Motion, Articular
Recovery of Function
Severity of Illness Index
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphyses / complications*,  diagnosis,  physiopathology,  surgery
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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