12 Year Old Child with Fused Hip Receives THR

Updated 8/25/2013

August 24, 2013

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An attack of tuberculosis at the age of 12, left Kritika  with a fused right hip, abnormal gait and difficulty walking. Six years later doctors performed a total hip replacement.

The tuberculosis infection caused the hip to fuse and made walking difficult. This type of fused hip is called ankylosis.

Surgery was performed by Dr. Murtaza Adeeb and Dr. Aniket Shah from Nashik Hospital in Pune in July 2013. The surgeons made sure the infection from the tuberculosis is under control

The surgery was complicated due to the fused hip and took 2 1/2 hours. A polycarbonate/metal THR was used.

Less than 15 per cent of osteoarticular tuberculosis affect weight bearing joints like the hip. Generally children and young adults are affected due to their bone growth.