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We need more evidence on ultrasound screening for DDH

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0

We don't know how justified general ultrasound screening is for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in newborns. A systematic review by Woolacott and colleagues (p 1413) identified a lack of clear evidence either for or against the screening, which is standard practice in some European countries but not in the United Kingdom, the United States, or Scandinavia. Studies that investigate the natural course of DDH, the optimal treatment, and the best strategy for ultrasound screening are required, say the authors.

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