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Splintage for congenital dislocation of the hip. Is it safe and reliable?

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Two-hundred and fifteen children with 288 unstable hips have been treated by splintage during the first nine months of life. A simple treatment protocol was followed and the aim was to test the safety and reliability of this protocol as well as of the Von Rosen splint and the Pavlik harness. A vascular necrosis occurred in 3.8% of the splinted hips. Despite splintage, a proportion of children needed operation at a later date.

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