Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
SCFE is a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone. SCFE occurs in about two out of every 100,000 children. It is more common in growing children ages 11 to 15, especially boys, and can often lead to arthritis later in life. SCFE is also more common in children who are obese and are growing rapidly. Children with hormone imbalances caused by other conditions are at particular risk for SCFE as well.
Symptoms of SCFE
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Outward turned leg
Most cases are emergencies and should be seen by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Early diagnosis with specialized surgical treatment improves the child’s chances of a good outcome.