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Magnetic resonance imaging in suspected septic arthritis can avoid unnecessary surgery
  1. D J Dowen,
  2. A L Khan,
  3. P D Henman
  1. Orthopaedic Offices, Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    D J Dowen
    Dunster House, The Avenue, Durham, DH1 4DX, UK;Daniel.dowen{at}

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Hip pain in children is a common presentation. Infective causes of pain and limitation of movement are usually due to septic arthritis or osteomyelitis.

A 6-year-old child presented to our orthopaedic department with pain in the right hip. He had a fall 4 days previously and sustained grazes to the right knee and shin. Although able to bear weight initially, he experienced increasing pain in his hip, and his mother noticed a …

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