Developmental coxa vara dnbid

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DEFINITION: also known as infantile coxa vara represents coxa vara not present at birth but rather developing in early childhood coxa vara is defined as any decrease in the femoral neck-shaft angle less than 120 - 135 degrees DNB 2

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INCIDENCE: relatively uncommon, occurring approximately 1 in 25,000 live births occurrence is essentially equal in males to females and left to right bilateral involvement is note in 30 - 50% of patients recent reports have shown increase incidence in black population compared with whites reports have also shown a familial pattern with an autosomal dominant form of transmission DNB 3

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ETIOLOGY: currently remains unknown the most popular theory, proposed by Dylkkanes in 1960, states that the deformity is caused by a defect of enchondral ossification of the femoral neck . Weight bearing causes shearing stresses which result in fatigue of the dystrophic one and progressive varus deformity results other proposed theories include: metabolic abnormalities cause a deficiency or delay in the ossification process DNB 4

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mechanical abnormalities may occur during development and early ambulation partial vascular insult to the inferior aspect of the femoral neck developmental abnormality which causes faulty cartilage formation and maturation Histologic studies have shown that there are abnormalities in both cartilage production and metaphyseal bone formation. These findings are similar to those found in the proximal tibia in patients with Blount's disease. DNB 5

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CLINICAL PRESENTATION: most commonly seen between when the child begins to ambulate and age six most common complaint is a progressive gait abnormality in unilateral involvement this is due to both abductor muscle weakness and limb length inequality patients with bilateral involvement have a waddling gait and increased lumbar lordosis (similar to that seen in bilateral DDH) DNB 6

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PHYSICAL EXAM: prominent and elevated greater trochanter positive Trendelenburg test limb-length inequality (usually less that 2.5 cm) decreased ROM with restrictions noted with abduction and internal rotation DNB 7

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RADIOGRAPHIC FINDINGS: femoral-neck shaft angle below 90 degrees more vertical position of the epiphyseal plate with Hilgenreiner's-epiphyseal angle greater than 40 degrees (normal is less than 25 degrees) triangular metaphyseal fragment in inferior femoral neck surrounded by inverted Y (sine qua non) DNB 8

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TREATMENT : aimed at the prevention of the secondary deformities caused by the disease's natural history on the proximal femur Main objectives of surgical treatment include: correction of varus angulation changing of the loading characteristics from shear to compression of the femoral neck restoring proper length of abductors muscles resolution of limb-length inequalities DNB 11

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Current criteria for surgical intervention include one or more of the following: femoral neck-shaft angle less than 90 - 100 degrees Hilgenreiner's-epiphyseal angle greater than 45 - 60 degrees documented decrease in the femoral neck-shaft angle Trendelenburg gait currently, the most effective surgical treatment is a valgus producing proximal femoral osteotomy (subtrochanteric vs. intertrochanteric procedures have similar results) DNB 12

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Proper surgical treatment also includes: adductor tenotomy which allows for less forceful correction and improved stability proximal femoral shortening osteotomy if necessary to help relieve excessive femoral head pressure when the valgus angle is restored stable internal fixation and hip spica cast if needed DNB 14

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goal of surgical treatment is to produce an overcorrection of valgus angle to greater than 150 - 160 degrees, as well as, correction of epiphyseal angle to less than 30 degrees The timing of surgery remains controversial. Several authors recommend delay surgery until 5 6 years of age. Others state that surgery may be performed after 18 months if the above criteria are met. DNB 15

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COMPLICATIONS: Recurrence of proximal femoral varus deformity-many feel that this is due to undercorrection at surgery while others feel that it is due to failure to place the osteocartilaginous defect into a compressive mode Premature physeal closure-the incidence may be as high as 89% and has not been found to be related to physeal injury at the time of surgery Greater trochanteric overgrowth-associated with premature capital femoral physeal closure and is commonly treated by greater trochanter transfer or epiphysiodesis DNB 16

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Acetabular dysplasia-found to be increase in patients with premature physeal closure and inpatients who have had an undercorrection of the neck-shaft angle less than 140 degrees other complications have included pseudarthrosis, avascular necrosis, leg-length discrepancy, and degenerative arthritis DNB 17



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