Synovitis – toxic; Transient synovitis
Definition of Toxic synovitis
Toxic synovitis is a condition affecting children that causes and limping.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Toxic synovitis occurs in children before puberty begins. It is a type of of the hip. Its cause is not known, but boys are affected more often than girls (approximately 4 to 1).
Symptoms may include:
Signs and tests
Toxic synovitis is diagnosed when other, more serious conditions have been ruled out, such as:
Treatment often includes limiting activity to make the child more comfortable. However, there is no danger with performing normal activities. The health care provider may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) to reduce pain.
The hip pain goes away within 7 – 10 days.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/2/2009