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.
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.
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Kids Health—Nemours Foundation
Canadian Paediatric Society
Toxic synovitis. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/toxic-synovitis.html. Updated September 2014. Accessed August 24, 2017.
Transient synovitis of the hip. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115596/Transient-synovitis-of-the-hip. Updated November 2, 2016. Accessed August 24, 2017.
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 August 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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