Imaging of the limping child

Alessandra Bartoloni, Maria Pilar Aparisi Gómez, Marco Cirillo, Georgina Allen, Giuseppe Battista, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Paolo Tomà, Alberto Bazzocchi

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Limping is a challenging symptom in the pediatric patient as the diagnosis can range from traumatic, malformative, infectious/inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. In this paper, we propose a schematic imaging algorithm to the limping child in three different age groups (Toddler: 1–3years, child: 4–10 years; adolescent: 11–16 years) based on presence of signs of infection, any specific localization of pain, and history of trauma. In this setting, the most common imaging pitfalls are also summarised. Finally, a literature review of the main differential causes of limping in the pediatric patient is reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Limping child
  • MRI
  • Pain
  • Pediatric hip
  • Pediatric imaging
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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