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The UK NSC recommendation on Developmental dislocation of the hip screening in newborns

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in n/a
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening recommended by UK NSC?

Screening for congenital dislocated hip (CDH) and developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is part of the physical examination of newborn and 6-8 week old babies.

Ultrasound screening should not be offered to all babies, unless part of an ethically approved and externally funded research project.

More about Developmental dislocation of the hip

Developmental dislocation of the hip is a condition where a baby is born with a hip joint that is not properly formed. There are several reasons why this occurs.

» Read more about developmental dislocation of the hip on NHS UK

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Association of Perinatal Medicine
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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