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Common symptoms of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) may include:
In hip dysplasia, the socket (acetabulum) is too shallow and the ligaments too loose, allowing the ball of the thigh bone (femoral head) to slip partially or completely in and out of the hip socket. The risk for hip dysplasia and hip instability increases with any situation that stretches the baby’s hip ligaments (an issue of stability) or causes the legs and hips to be positioned so that the ball of the thigh bone slips out of the hip socket (an issue of shape).
The exact cause of DDH is unknown, but it’s considered to be a "multifactorial trait," meaning there are many factors involved. The risk of developmental hip dysplasia is higher for:
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