Developmental Coxa Vara

  • Thomas L. Schmidt


Developmental coxa vara is a distinct disease process of the proximal femur occurring in the perinatal period of life and involving the inferior portion of the capital femoral physis and adjacent metaphysis. During growth, a decreased neck-shaft angle usually results and subsequent degenerative dysfunction of the hip joint may occur. The behavior of this disease process is unlike other forms of coxa vara because of the nature of its distinctive osteocartilaginous femoral neck defect. Despite its infrequent occurrence, clinical characteristics, natural history, and treatment have been well defined. Treatment for developmental coxa vara has improved but the etiology and successful reliable resolution by treatment of the osteocartilaginous defect remain unsolved.


Femoral Neck Femoral Head Slip Capital Femoral Epiphysis Varus Deformity Valgus Osteotomy 
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