Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is an orthopedic emergency. It must always be considered in an adolescent with hip pain. Any young patient presenting with knee pain should always have his or her hips examined for SCFE. Treatment suggested is primarily surgery to prevent further damage and destruction to the femur (thighbone).


SCFE occurs at the femur in the hip joint. Specifically, the femoral head is the area that is part of the hip joint; the pelvic portion is called the acetabulum. The femoral head has a growth plate ...

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