Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis | Complications


What are the complications of SCFE?

The most serious complications of SCFE are avascular necrosis (a lack of blood flow to the bone) and chondrolysis (decay of cartilage). Avascular necrosis is more common in patients who have unstable SCFE.

The risk of these complications increases as the severity of SCFE increases. This is why it is important to get treatment right away.


Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis by RT Loder (American Family Physician May 01, 1998,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 05/98