Screening for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Magdalena M. Boere-Boonekamp, Paul H. Verkerk

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The success rates of screening programmes for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) vary widely. Studies on screening programmes for DDH based on a Medline search for the years 1966–1997 are reviewed. The percentage treated in most studies, especially those using ultrasound, are high and suggest substantial over-treatment. Neonatal clinical screening has the best results, but programme effectiveness increases when this is combined with secondary screening of the high-risk population. The extra costs are compensated by reduced treatment costs of late-diagnosed cases.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalSeminars in neonatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • METIS-102910
  • screening programmes
  • ultrasonography
  • developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • infant
  • newborn
  • evaluation studies
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Congenital dislocation of the hip
  • IR-73769

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