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Description of the Symptom

A limp can be defined as any deviation, commonly asymmetric, from a normal gait pattern, and may be caused centrally, as a result of cerebral dysfunction, or peripherally, due to weakness or pain in the trunk or lower extremities. This chapter describes possible causes of a limp in a child.

Special Concerns

  • Suspicion of child abuse

  • Associated with fever

CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to a Painless Limp in a Child

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