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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Referral Guidelines

A disorder of abnormal hip development characterized by underdevelopment of the acetabulum.  This idiopathic condition is known as acetabular dysplasia, which can potentially result in hip subluxation or dislocation.  Dysplasia can cause significant hip function morbidity and is one of the most common causes of total hip arthroplasty in young adults (<40 years of age).  This entity is separate from hip conditions secondary to known etiologies, such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida.