Validation of a clinical prediction rule for the differentiation between septic arthritis and transient synovitis of the hip in children.

  title={Validation of a clinical prediction rule for the differentiation between septic arthritis and transient synovitis of the hip in children.},
  author={Mininder S Kocher and Rahul Mandiga and David Zurakowski and Carol E. Barnewolt and James R. Kasser},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  volume={86 8},
BACKGROUND The differentiation between septic arthritis and transient synovitis of the hip in children can be difficult. The purpose of the present study was to validate a previously published clinical prediction rule for this differentiation in a new patient population. METHODS We prospectively studied children who presented to a major children's hospital between 1997 and 2002 with an acutely irritable hip. As in the previous study, diagnoses of septic arthritis (fifty-one patients) and… 

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