- Pavlik harness is usually not successful in children > 6 months (crawling age);
- this is mainly due to increased activity levels of the child as well as the fact that these children begin to learn how to remove the harness;
- reduction of hip may be complicated when hip capsule becomes permanently elongated, and when psoas tendon obstructs reduction of the femoral head into acetabulum;
- questions to be answered:
- whether mild dysplasia is present
- whether the femoral head is subluxated or dislocated
- whether manipulative reduction has been helpful;
- to what extent any soft tissues within the acetabulum may interfere with complete reduction of the dislocation;
- position and condition of the acetabulur labrum (limbus)
- Clinical Presentation:
- children in this age group often are initailly seen with a shortened extremity, limited passive abduction, and a positive Galeazzi sign;
- if the child is walking a T berg gait will be present;
- delayed ossification of femoral head;
- lateral & proximal displacement of femoral head;
- shallow acetabulum;
- w/ persistent dysplasia, femoral head moves superiorly & laterally;
- coxa valga;
- may reveal interposition of soft tissue in the acetabulum (suggested by lateralization of the femoral head);
- CT Scan:
- femoral head becomes reduced in size;
- posteromedial flattening
- excessive anteversion;
- Treatment Options:
- closed reduction w/ traction & spica casting;
- open reduction;
- if reduction is not achieved easily or if hip is not stable in 90-100 deg of flexion & 45-55 degrees of abduction, then open reduction is necessary
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Closed reduction for congenital dysplasia of the hip. Functional and radiographic results after an average of thirty years.
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One-stage treatment of congenital dislocation of the hip in older children, including femoral shortening.