Transient synovitis of the hip joint

J R Coll Surg Edinb. 1990 Feb;35(1):48-50.


A review of 286 children who presented with transient synovitis of the hip over a 6-year period shows that the condition remains a benign disease of the paediatric hip which settles quickly with simple symptomatic treatment. We have not found any obvious causal agent for the condition despite intensive laboratory investigation. There was only one subsequent case of Perthes' disease in association with transient synovitis, causing doubt on any relationship between the two conditions. The need for extensive investigation and long-term follow-up seems to be unnecessary in transient synovitis of the hip.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Hip Joint*
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Synovitis* / diagnosis
  • Synovitis* / etiology
  • Synovitis* / therapy