Hip Dysplasia in Children With Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Association With Collagen Type I C-Propeptide Mutations

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Abstract

Background:

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heritable skeletal disorder characterized by bone fragility and short stature that is usually due to mutations in 1 of the 2 genes that code for collagen type I α-chains. The association between hip dysplasia and OI has not been systematically investigated. In this single-center study, we retrospectively reviewed all cases of OI associated with hip dysplasia to describe clinical characteristics and the effect of therapy.

Methods:

We reviewed the charts of 687 patients with OI who were seen at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal between 1999 and 2013 to identify patients with a diagnosis of hip dysplasia. Clinical characteristics and the course after therapeutic interventions were extracted from the charts.

Results:

Hip dysplasia was diagnosed in 8 hips of 5 patients (4 boys, 1 girl; age at diagnosis ranged between 3 wk and 27 mo old). The prevalence of hip dysplasia and OI was therefore 0.87% (per patient). In 4 of the 5 patients (80%), OI was caused by mutations affecting the C-propeptide of collagen type I, which is otherwise rare in OI. Among the 26 patients with C-propeptide mutations followed at our institution, 4 (15%) had hip dysplasia. Pavlik harness treatment was attempted in 2 patients (3 hips) but was not effective in either case and resulted in avascular necrosis of 1 hip. Femoral varus derotational shortening osteotomies using a telescopic rod were performed in all 8 hips along with a closed reduction in 4 hips and an open reduction in 4 hips. Concomitant pelvic osteotomies were performed in 2 hips (1 patient). Surgery resulted in redislocation of 1 hip; all other surgically treated hips remained reduced.

Conclusions:

Clinical screening for hip dysplasia is difficult in OI owing to the bowing of the proximal femur and the risk of causing fractures. OI patients with positive C-propeptide mutation should therefore be screened for hip dysplasia by use of ultrasound. Presence of a C-propeptide mutation appears to be a risk factor for hip dysplasia (80%). It appears that Pavlik harness treatment is not useful in children with OI. The usual treatment of children with OI who pull to stand or started walking with femoral deformity is femoral osteotomy and rodding. In case of associated hip dysplasia with a dislocation, open reduction of the hip and a possible concomitant pelvic osteotomy appears to be a valid management option.

Level of Evidence:

Level IV.

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