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What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia in babies is used to describe a problem in the formation of the hip joint. For more information, read the below articles compiled from leading health websites.

How is DDH diagnosed?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip is sometimes noted at birth. The pediatrician or newborn specialist screens newborn babies in the hospital for this hip problem before they go home. However, DDH may not be discovered until later evaluations. Your baby's doctor makes the diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip with a clinical examination. During the examination, the doctor obtains a complete prenatal and birth history of the baby and asks if other family members are known to have DDH.

Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • X-ray. A diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • Ultrasound (also called sonography). A diagnostic imaging technique which uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels.

A Healthy Me. Orthopedic Conditions and Children. Available at: http://www.ahealthyme.com/conditions/orthopedics/children/90,P02755. Accessibility verified July 16, 2012.