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Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis, The Denver Clinic

This specific condition refers to the separation of the ball of the hip joint from the femur (thigh bone). Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is most common in adolescent boys in their early teens and is strongly linked to obesity.

The symptoms of this condition are pain in the knee or hip, difficulty walking, restricted hip movement, and an outward-turning leg.

Surgery is usually required for treatment. Serious growth abnormalities and permanent disability can occur if SCFE is not treated.