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Hip Dysplasia in a Child


Picture of hip dysplasia in a child

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Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a childhood condition caused by abnormal development of one or both hip joints. In DDH, the top of the thighbone (femur) does not fit securely into the hip socket (acetabulum), allowing the thighbone to either partially or completely slip out of the socket (dislocate).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedApril 29, 2011

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