Septic arthritis of the hip (peds)

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Background

Clinical Features

  • Pain, Pseudoparalysis
  • May present with referred knee or thigh pain
  • Usually hold joint in flexion, external rotation and slight abduction

Differential Diagnosis

Pediatric hip pain

Evaluation

Workup

  • Labs - ESR >20, WBC >12
  • Blood cultures (40-50% grow out)
  • Xrays
    • useful to exclude other cause of joint pain (AP & Frog leg)
    • possible effusion
  • Consider:
    • Ultrasound to evaluate for effusion
    • CT to evaluate for abscess

Kocher Criteria for septic arthritis of the hip

  • ESR > 40
  • WBC > 12
  • Refusal or inability to weight bear on affected joint
  • Fever
Number of Kocher Criteria Chance of Septic Joint
1 3%
2 40%
3 93%
4 99%

Management

Disposition

  • Admit

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