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The Role of Ultrasound in the Emergency Department Evaluation of the Acutely Painful Pediatric Hip

Plumb, Jennifer MD, MPH*; Mallin, Michael MD, RDMS, RDCS; Bolte, Robert G. MD*

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000332
CME Review Article

Children presenting with hip pain or a limp are a diagnostic challenge for the clinician. The differential diagnosis is extensive, and the workup can be broad. This review focuses on differentiating between transient synovitis and septic arthritis of the hip. The role of bedside ultrasound in the clinical evaluation of these patients is addressed, including the technique and appropriate indications for bedside ultrasound of the hip in the emergency department.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Emergency Ultrasound (Plumb), Professor of Pediatrics (Bolte), *Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director Emergency Ultrasound (Mallin), †Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT.

The authors and staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity and their spouses/life partners (if any) have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

Reprints: Jennifer Plumb, MD, MPH, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, PO Box 581289, Salt Lake City, UT 84158 (e-mail:

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