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Posted by: Ing | 2007/05/20

septic hip - 5 year old

Hi there my friend's 5 year old has been diagnosed with a septic hip. he is going in for surgery tonight. she doesn't remember any trauma. What is a septic hip and how does it happen?

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Dear Ing
This is often caused by bacteria that spread via the blood stream to the hip - the hip does not have a very good oxygen supply and is an easy area for bacteria to breed. He may have bumped his toe or scraped his knee and the infection may have spread from there.
See also http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site1065/mainpageS1065P0.html

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