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August 1972

The Body Build of Patients With Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the departments of epidemiology and public health (Drs. Kelsey and Acheson) and surgery (Dr. Keggi), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(2):276-281. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110140126018

Analysis of heights and weights of children with slipped capital femoral epiphysis in Connecticut and in the Southwestern United States indicated that about half of the patients in both areas had weights at or above the 95th percentile for their age and about half had weights at or above the 97th percentile for their height. In Connecticut there was an excess of abnormally tall girls and of tall and short boys; in the Southwest there was an excess of short boys. There was no evidence that tall, thin children are at high risk for slipped epiphysis. The suggestion is made that children who combine overweight with slower than average maturation may be at particularly high risk for slipped epiphysis.

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