My 21 month old son recently went to be x-rayed as he was limping on his left leg. The limp has since cleared up but the following was noted by the radiologist:
"X-Ray Right Hip
On the AP view there is equivocal mild lateral subluxation of the femoral epiphysis in relation to the acetabulum. The femoral epiphysis appears normally aligned in relation to the neck of the femur. Normal alignment on the oblique view."
It then recommends we get an orthopaedic opinion.
What does it mean exactly in normal language and should I be worried as we can only see the orthopaed in 4 months time?
from what i understd from your report there is mild lateral subluxation (which means displacement) which may indicate developmental dysplasia/a congenital problem wherein the hip is dysplastic and prone to dislocation. Orthopedician will be the best judge.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.