Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 43, Supplement 1, pp 155–165

Growth arrest and leg-length discrepancy

  • Randheer Shailam
  • Diego Jaramillo
  • J. Herman Kan
Pediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging: Beyond the Basics

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-012-2598-5

Cite this article as:
Shailam, R., Jaramillo, D. & Kan, J.H. Pediatr Radiol (2013) 43: 155. doi:10.1007/s00247-012-2598-5


Identification of congenital and acquired etiologies causing alignment disorders and leg-length discrepancies (LLD) in children is important for management. Minor differences in the lengths of the lower extremities are considered a normal variation and usually have no clinical significance. However, LLD of greater than 1 cm can cause altered biomechanics, resulting in scoliosis, back and lower extremity joint pain, pelvic tilt, abnormal gait and premature degenerative joint disease. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to review the imaging spectrum of growth arrest and resultant alignment and leg-length discrepancies in children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Randheer Shailam
    • 1
  • Diego Jaramillo
    • 2
  • J. Herman Kan
    • 3
  1. 1.Pediatric Radiology Division, Department of RadiologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric RadiologyTexas Children’s HospitalHoustonUSA