Suppurative arthritis of the hip in children

B. F. Morrey, A. J. Bianco, K. H. Rhodes

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Of 37 children treated at the Mayo Clinic for suppurative arthritis of the hip and followed for at least one year (average, 8.3 years), 19 had a satisfactory result and 18, an unsatisfactory result. An analysis of the records of the 37 children revealed the following: (1) duration of symptoms was the most important prognostic feature, there being no unsatisfactory results if treatment was instituted less than four days after onset of symptoms; (2) 14 of 16 patients with associated osteomyelitis and 6 of 8 with so called penicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus had unsatisfactory results; (3) if symptoms had been present for more than ten days or if there was osteomyelitis, at least 2 weeks of parenteral antibiotics with arthrotomy and continuous irrigation offered the best prognosis; and (4) the prognosis has improved in recent years, possibly due to a more vigorous policy of early arthrotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-392
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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