Transient synovitis of the hip is short-term pain and swelling of the hip joint.
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Transient synovitis of the hip is more common in children between the ages of 3 and 8. It is also more common in boys.
Symptoms may be:
- Sudden pain in the hip, groin, or thigh
- Pain when putting weight on the side that has pain
- Problems walking and standing
You will be asked about your child’s symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
Transient synovitis often goes away on its own in three to ten days. Medicine can help to ease pain.
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
Kids Health—Nemours Foundation http://www.kidshealth.org
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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 May 23, 2019. Accessed September 30, 2019.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
- Review Date: 09/2019
- Update Date: 04/24/2020