Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a serious developmental hip disorder that is often mistaken for one of the more frequently seen benign lower extremity conditions.

The problem is more common in boys than girls, and occurs during adolescence, with a peak age of 13 1/2 in boys and 11 1/2 in girls. Early diagnosis of SCFE is extremely important, as treatment at that time is usually simple and the outcome satisfactory.

The capital femoral epiphysis (femoral head) is the secondary ossification center of the proximal femur. It is separated from the metaphysis (femoral neck) by the physis (growth plate, epiphyseal plate).

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