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Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: current management strategies

Authors Aprato A, Conti A, Bertolo F, Massè A

Received 5 November 2018

Accepted for publication 15 January 2019

Published 29 March 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 47—54

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/ORR.S166735

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Amy Norman

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Clark Hung


Alessandro Aprato,1 Andrea Conti,2 Federico Bertolo,2 Alessandro Massè2

1Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino – Ospedale CTO, Torino, Italy; 2Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Abstract: In orthopedic literature, there is little consensus regarding the best management of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). Controversies and disparate trends derive from differences in clinical presentation, various classifications, and a variety of surgical procedures that have been described. Currently, there are no evidence-based recommendations. Surgical procedures vary, and they can be divided into fixation in situ, compensatory osteotomies, and direct corrections of the deformity at the head–neck junction. The first and second group of procedures have so far not gained optimal control over the risk of avascular necrosis or cannot achieve an anatomically aligned epiphysis with normal blood supply. On the other hand, the third technique can achieve this target and prevent residual deformity and the development of early hip arthritis, but it is not widely accepted, because of its surgical complexity. The purpose of this work is to present an overview of current knowledge and provide an orientation on clinical and surgical management of the patient suffering from SCFE.

Keywords: slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Dunn procedure, femoral osteotomy, pinning in situ, surgical hip dislocation, avascular necrosis


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