Groin Pain in Children

When a child develops groin pain, the pain may be caused by a problem with the upper part of the thighbone (head of the femur) or the hip. Common causes of groin pain, knee pain (referred pain from the hip), or limping include:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This condition affects the blood supply and proper placement of the head of the femur in the hip socket.
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis. This condition occurs when the femur slips at the growth plate (physis) and does not fit in the hip socket correctly.
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). This condition is caused by abnormal development of the hip joint. The femur may fit loosely into the hip socket (subluxation) or be completely out of the hip socket.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the lining of the joint space of the hip (toxic synovitis).
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis. This disease causes inflamed, swollen, stiff, and often painful joints.
  • Infectious arthritis (septic arthritis). This is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection inside the hip joint.

 

 

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