International Orthopaedics

, Volume 43, Issue 7, pp 1635–1642 | Cite as

Femoral anteversion does not predict redislocation in children with hip dysplasia treated by closed reduction

  • Kai Hong
  • Zhe Yuan
  • Jingchun Li
  • Yiaiqng Li
  • Xinwang Zhi
  • Yanhan Liu
  • Hongwen Xu
  • Federico CanaveseEmail author
Original Paper



Increased femoral anteversion can be associated with hip instability, redislocation after closed reduction, and subsequent early degenerative arthritis.

Our study compared proximal femoral anteversion of affected and unaffected sides of patients with unilateral developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) on two-dimensional computed tomography. The primary aim was to evaluate whether femoral anteversion at the time of treatment affected the outcome of patients with unilateral DDH treated by closed reduction.


A retrospective review of 89 patients (82 females; 53 left; mean age: 26.6 months) with unilateral DDH was performed. Anteversion angle (AA) of the femur and acetabular index (AI) of both affected (AAa; AIa) and unaffected (AAu; AIu) hips were measured on two-dimensional CT scan performed no more than seven days prior to the index surgical procedure.


Among the 89 patients, 50 underwent closed reduction (56.2%), 38 underwent open reduction with or without pelvic osteotomy (42.7%), and one patient refused treatment (1.1%). Overall, the mean AAa was 28.1° ± 10.2° (range: 6.3°–54°) and mean AAu was 25.2° ± 9.9° (range: 1.9°–52.5°) (t = 3.2, p = 0.002). Tönnis type 2 hips did not show any statistically significant difference between AAa and AAu (p = 0.386), while Tönnis types 3 and 4 hips had significantly higher AAa than did AAu (t = 3.7, p = 0.001). There were significant correlations between age and AAa (coefficient = 0.4; p < 0.001) and AAu (coefficient = 0.304; p = 0.004). Correlation analysis showed that AIa did not improve with age in any Tönnis group (r: − 0.24, p = 0.823; F = 0.039, p = 0.962).

AAa, AIa, AAD, AID, and Tönnis grade distribution were similar in patients with good (no redislocation) and poor outcomes (redislocation) (p > 0.05).


In patients with unilateral DDH, anteversion angle (AA) was found to be significantly different between affected and unaffected sides. However, the difference had very limited or no clinical significance, as redislocation/sub-luxation was not influenced by AA values.


DDH Unilateral Femoral anteversion Acetabular index Closed reduction 


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No benefits in any form have been received or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

No patients were involved. This is a retrospective study of patient’s data, and an IRB approval was obtained.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopedics, Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical CenterGuangzhou Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity Hospital EstaingClermont FerrandFrance

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