Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

An adolescent, obese boy or girl suffering from hip pain is likely to have a slipped capital femoral epiphysis. It is also seen in children suffering from hypothyroidism, vitamin D deficiency or on oral steroids. The child will complain of mail pain in the hip, non- progressive and not associated with fever. There is no history of trauma. Radiographs are diagnostic of this condition. The child needs to be operated and the slip needs to be fixed with screws.

Clinical photo of child showing tall stature
Radiograph showing slipped capital physis
Radiograph after surgery with screw in situ