What is Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)?
Also known as: epiphysis
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis is condition that affects how the upper part of thighbone (femur) connects within the hip socket. Slippage in the connection between these bones can result in pain and reduced mobility.
What Causes Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)?
The cause of slipped capital femoral epiphysis has not been identified. However, it is most common among children between 11 and 16 years of age who are experiencing a growth spurt. Other risk factors include:
- Carrying extra body weight, which puts pressure on the body
- Endocrine disorders such as diabetes and growth hormone issues
- A history of cancer treatment or use of certain medications, such steroids
- A family history of the condition
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis should be treated by a pediatric orthopedist. Surgery is usually indicated to stabilize the bones.
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