The limping child

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1998 Nov;16(4):911-29, viii. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8627(05)70039-0.


A child who limps or complains of limb pain presents a diagnostic challenge for the emergency physician. Fortunately, only a few causes require emergency treatment. This article provides the physician with a systematic approach for evaluating these patients. Detailed discussion is provided for some of the more prevalent, urgent, and age-specific diagnoses of limb pain and limping.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergency Treatment / methods*
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Leg*
  • Medical History Taking / methods
  • Movement Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Movement Disorders* / etiology
  • Movement Disorders* / therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Pain* / diagnosis
  • Pain* / etiology
  • Physical Examination / methods