HIPSeptic Arthritis of the Hip in Infancy: Long-Term Follow-UpDobbs, Matthew B. M.D.; Sheridan, John J. M.D.; Gordon, J. Eric M.D.; Corley, Carey L. B.S.N., R.N.; Szymanski, Deborah A. R.N.; Schoenecker, Perry L. M.D.Author Information Study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. From *Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.; †St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.; and ‡St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Matthew B. Dobbs, M.D., St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, One Children's Place, Suite 4S20, St. Louis, MO 63110, U.S.A. (e-mail: [email protected]). None of the authors received financial support for this study. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: March 2003 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 162-168 Buy Abstract At a mean 15-year follow-up, the authors evaluated five hips in five patients who had complete destruction of the femoral head and neck from septic arthritis when they were 3 months old. All patients were treated with a trochanteric arthroplasty in combination with a proximal femoral varus osteotomy at a mean age of 30 months in an attempt to salvage a femoral-pelvic articulation. Results suggest this treatment can provide a stable, painless, and functional hip, with an improved gait and less leg-length discrepancy than predicted if no reconstructive effort were attempted. Copyright © 2003 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.