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Congenital Dislocation of the Hip in Black Patients

H.F. Pompe van Meerdervoort

Abstract


Congenital dislocation of the hip is virtually unknown in Black people, and 3 cases of congenital dislocation of the hip in Black patients are presented. In an attempt to explain the difference in the racial incidence of this condition, the three most commonly cited aetiological factors were examined. We are unable to confirm that postnatal nursing habits, differences in joint laxity or the absence of acetabular dysplasia can explain the extremely low incidence of this condition in South African Blacks.




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