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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Scott J Luhmann, Angela Jones, Mario Schootman, J Eric Gordon, Perry L Schoenecker, Jan D Luhmann
BACKGROUND: Differentiation between septic arthritis and transient synovitis of the hip in children can be difficult. Kocher et al. recently developed a clinical prediction algorithm for septic arthritis based on four clinical variables: history of fever, non-weight-bearing, an erythrocyte sedimentation rate of >or=40 mm/hr, and a serum white blood-cell count of >12000/mm(3) (>12.0 x 10(9)/L). The purpose of this study was to apply this clinical algorithm retrospectively to determine its predictive value in our patient population...
May 2004: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
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