The MCG Pediatric Podcast

The Limping Child

March 15, 2022

Children frequently are brought to the emergency room for difficulty walking. In some cases, the cause is easily identified, but in others, the cause can be a sign of a more serious condition.  Dr. George Hsu, a Pediatric Emergency Physician, joins Dr. Ohmed Khilji and Pediatric Resident Kristen Schmidbauer to discuss the evaluation and management of children presenting with a limp. Specifically, they will:

  • Review common history and physical exam findings associated with conditions causing children to limp
  • Discuss initial diagnostic approach, as well as selecting appropriate labs, imaging, and treatment options
  • Diagnoses discussed: septic arthritis, toddler’s fracture, osteomyelitis, Perthes disease, malignancy, non-accidental trauma, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, transient synovitis and more

Special thanks to Dr. Rebecca Yang and Dr. Melissa Allen for peer reviewing this episode.

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