Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
Alternate Names : SCFE
A slipped capital femoral epiphysis, or SCFE, is a slipping and displacement of the growing end of the thighbone, or femur, in the hip socket. This condition usually occurs in growing adolescents.
What is going on in the body?
The epiphysis is the end of the bone where growth occurs. During childhood, this area is growing until the bones reach maturity during the teenage years. It is therefore the weakest part of the bone and may slip off the neck of the thighbone if placed under great stress. The slip may occur suddenly or gradually.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Several factors increase the risk of SCFE, including:
being age 10 to 16
a decreased level of certain hormones in the body
having SCFE on one side of the body, which increases the risk that it will develop on the other side of the body
trauma to the hip area