Transient synovitis of the hip is a temporary irritation of the tissue that lines the hip joint. It can cause pain and difficulty when walking.
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The cause of transient synovitis of the hip is unknown. It often happens after a recent cold or stomach virus but the virus is not suspected to be the cause.
Transient synovitis of the hip is more common in children aged 2-10 years. It is also more common in boys.
Symptoms may include:
Your child will otherwise appear well.
You will be asked about your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
There are many reasons for hip pain. Other more serious causes may be ruled out with further examination and tests such as:
Transient synovitis may be diagnosed if there are no other obvious causes of the hip problems.
Transient synovitis will usually pass on its own in 5-7 days. Rest and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will help manage discomfort.
Follow up appointments will be done to make sure the hip is improving as expected. Further testing may be done if the hip does not improve as expected.
There is no known way to prevent this condition as the cause is unknown.
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Kids Health—Nemours Foundation
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Transient synovitis of the hip. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/transient-synovitis-of-the-hip.html. Updated April 2014. Accessed August 24, 2017.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM Last Updated: 5/3/2016