Pavlik harness pathology

Dan Atar, Wallace B. Lehman, Alfred D. Grant

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In four patients (seven hips) with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) treated with Pavlik harness for a prolonged period and followed by frequent clinical and radiographic examinations (sonography was not available at the time), persistent posterior dislocation was diagnosed. All hips required open reduction. Computed tomography (CT) scans and three-dimensional reconstructions demonstrated a consistent deficiency in the posterolateral acetabulum. Operative findings confirmed these pathologic changes. Constant pressure of the femoral head held by the Pavlik harness against the posterior acetabulum apparently causes this pathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-77
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993


  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Pavlik harness
  • Persistent posterior dislocation
  • Posterolateral acetabulum


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