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.
- Limping child
- Pediatric hip
- Pediatric imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging