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2020 Jul 24

An Sist Sanit Navar

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis in an ambulant patient with spastic cerebral palsy. A long-term evolution.


García-Mata S, D'Arrigo Azarelli AF, Albiñana-Cunningham JN
An Sist Sanit Navar. 2020 Jul 24.
PMID: 32814930.


We report the case of a boy aged 13 years and 9 months, with predominantly right-sided spastic tetraparesis, who could walk with assistance, GMFCS III, phenotype consistent with adiposogenital syndrome. He presented a 4-week history of left-sided limp without pain, radiologically classified as a stable, chronic slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) with mild slippage (<30º) on the Southwick classification. In situ fixation of the hip was performed using a full-headed screw, followed by six weeks of rest. Twelve years since the intervention, the patient remains asymptomatic with no clinical or radiological changes. SCFE in patients with cerebral palsy, while highly unusual, is possible. A high level of suspicion is required for diagnosing it. We would suggest ruling out the appearance of SCFE during surveillance screening of patients with cerebral palsy, =?10 years-old, particularly in obese individuals with or without adiposogenital phenotype and limited ability to communicate verbally.