Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: A Long-Term Follow-Up, with Special Emphasis on the Capacities for Remodeling

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SummaryWe reviewed 59 hips in 44 children with slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), all treated by in situ pinning. The average clinical and radiographic follow-up was 11.4 years. Fifty-three hips (90%) were rated as either excellent or good. Osteonecrosis or chondroly-sis developed in five patients. Postoperative remodeling was noted, not only by a process of local resorption and apposition of bone, but also by correction of the disturbed anatomic axes, in proportion to the severity of the slip, together with global thickening of the femoral neck. We believe that the good long-term results after in situ pinning are the consequence of this important remodeling process.

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