What is a Slipped Epiphysis?

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What is a Slipped Epiphysis?

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Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis (SUFE) is a hip disorder which develops in childhood or early adolescence. Due to weakening of the growth plate at the top of the thigh bone, the femoral head (ball of the hip joint) ‘slips’ from its normal position on the femur (thigh bone). As a result, there is a change in shape of the hip joint and in advanced cases the leg will shorten and foot point outwards.

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