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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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  • Competing interests: None.

  • Ethics approval: Written ethics approval has been obtained from the parents of the child.

    Contributors: PDH developed the idea for this report. DJD wrote the report and conducted the literature review with help from ALK. All authors contributed to the final draft of the paper. DJD is the guarantor.