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Hip pain in kids

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You are seeing a 4 year old with 1 day of limp and now, refusal to bear weight. He is afebrile. On exam, his hip is irritable to passive external and internal rotation. He holds his hip slightly externally rotated. His CBC WBC is 8,400 with 50% neutrophils, and his ESR is 20. His plain films are normal. He has reliable parents and an assigned pediatrician who can see him the next day.

How would you manage this hip pain patient Kocher negative but won't bear weight?

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pemsou5_wp • May 25, 2018

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  1. Lilly May 25, 2018 - 1:33 pm Reply

    Does NSAID in the ED make him better?

    Most likely I’d go with NSAID and next day follow-up.

    He meets one Kocher criteria which per that study, would put him at 3% risk septic joint. As an US afficionado, I’d like to see what the joint looks like. If no effusions, I’d feel even more comfortable going the NSAID and see PMD in the morning route. If affected side has notable effusion (important to look at both sides), probably would talk to orthopedics about the kid. Of course an effusion can exist in toxic synovitis as well.

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