Congenital dislocation of the hip: An evaluation of closed reduction

C. Race, J. A. Herring

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A retrospective study of 59 congenitally dislocated hips was undertaken to assess the relationship between the quality of a closed reduction and the eventual outcome. Good closed reductions were associated with rapid improvement of the acetabular angle and the center edge (CE) angle and a low incidence of avascular necrosis (AVN). Adequate reductions with up to 7 mm of widening of the joint on arthrogram had a good final outcome in 11 of 13 hips with a slower rate of improvement of the acetabular and CE angles and a low rate of AVN. Hips with poor or indeterminate reductions had an acceptable outcome in only five of 23 hips, did not benefit from prolonged closed treatment, and had a 57% incidence of AVN. Patients with marked ligamentous laxity often fared poorly, required prolonged treatment, and had a high incidence of AVN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1983


  • Avascular necrosis
  • Closed reduction
  • Congenital dislocation of the hip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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