Pediatric Limp Follow-up

Updated: Sep 26, 2016
  • Author: Brian Wai Lin, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • All children with a limp should have close follow-up visits with their pediatrician or primary care physician within 24 hours of their ED visit. Any persistence of a limp without cause should be investigated further.

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Further Inpatient Care

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  • If suspicion of septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, or neoplastic disease is strong, the child should be admitted to a pediatric service with appropriate pediatric consultative services.

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Complications

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  • Left untreated, a slipped capital femoral epiphysis can result in permanent gait abnormalities.

  • Early treatment of several disorders that may cause limping can result in resolution or at least limit the extent of the injury.

  • The degree to which intervention will play a role is entirely dependent on the etiology of the limp.

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Prognosis

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  • The prognosis varies depending upon the etiology.

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