The optimal treatment for slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) remains controversial. In Sweden, the standard treatment is unthreaded fixation over the physis, with the purpose to permit continued growth of the femoral neck. The aim of the present study was to verify and quantify longitudinal growth of the femoral neck after in situ pinning with the Hansson hook-pin.
We performed a retrospective study of 54 patients treated with the Hansson hook-pin for SCFE between 2001 and 2009. The immediate postoperative radiograph and the radiograph after physeal closure (mean interval, 34 mo) were analyzed. Because the smooth Hansson hook-pin only has a grip fixation in the epiphysis, the femoral neck growth was determined as the difference in nail protrusion from the lateral cortex between the 2 radiographs. The femoral neck offset was also measured in all radiographs.
Significant longitudinal growth occurred both in the slipped and the prophylactically treated contralateral hip by mean 7.1 mm (P