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Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions

Hip Infection


Symptoms of a Hip Infection

Symptoms of an infection in the hip include pain, swelling, warmth or redness around the hip joint or other joints.

Hip Infection Diagnosis

First, our doctors examine your child, looking for signs of infection. We may gently move your child’s legs to see if they are stiff or cannot move as much as usual. We will check to see if your child’s hip or other joints are swollen, warm or red (inflamed).

The doctor may take radiographs to look for signs of swelling and changes in your child’s bones and joints.

If the doctor does not see signs of infection on the radiographs, they may ask your child to have a bone scan or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan.

They may also remove fluid from the hip joint using a needle (aspiration).

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