What anatomy is relevant to developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)?

Updated: Feb 26, 2018
  • Author: Junichi Tamai, MD; Chief Editor: William L Jaffe, MD  more...
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The normal growth of the acetabulum depends on normal epiphyseal growth of the triradiate cartilage and on the three ossification centers located within the acetabular portion of the pubis (os acetabulum), ilium (acetabular epiphysis), and ischium. Additionally, normal growth of the acetabulum depends on normal interstitial appositional growth within the acetabulum. The presence of the spherical femoral head within the acetabulum is critical for stimulating normal development of the acetabulum.

The anatomy of the dislocated hip, especially after several months, often includes formation of a ridge called the neolimbus. Closed reduction is often unsuccessful at a later date, secondary to various obstacles to reduction. These include adductor and psoas tendon contraction, ligamentous teres, a transverse acetabular ligament, and pulvinar and capsular constriction. With long-standing dislocations, interposition of the labrum can also interfere with reduction.


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