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Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis - Hip Conditions

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disorder among early teenagers. It occurs when the cartilage growth plate (epiphysis) at the top of the teen’s thighbone (femoral head) slips out of place. In a growing child, the plate is what controls the way the top of the thighbone grows. Most often, it occurs during a period of accelerated growth, shortly after the onset of puberty.