Total hip arthroplasty in adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Elina Huerfano, Maria Bautista, Manuel Huerfano, Juan M. Nossa

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Purpose: Total hip arthroplasty (THA) has demonstrated excellent results in elderly patients, however, the indications, outcomes, and long-term results in adolescent patients are less understood. This study aims to assess the outcomes of THA in patients under 21, providing insights for clinical decision-making in this exceptional population. Methods: A systematic review in PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and Embase database was performed. We included studies reporting clinical, radiological, and functional outcomes of THA in patients younger than 21 years, for any cause, with a with a minimum follow-up of one year. The ten year survivorship estimate was pooled using a meta-analysis methodology and each study was weighted according to its standard error, calculated from published confidence intervals. Results: We included 25 studies involving 1166 hips. Median age was 17 years old, 60% were females, and the average follow-up was 8.1 years. Juvenile inflammatory arthritis was the main indication for total hip arthroplasty (THA). The all-cause revision rate was 14.4% and aseptic loosening was the most common cause. Only eight studies reported ten year survival rates and form the pooled analysis an 84.91% survival rate (95% CI 70.56 – 99.27) was obtained. An average score of 88.08 in the Harris Hip Score (HHS) was observed. We found a 3.43% complication rate. Conclusions: Hip arthroplasty is an acceptable option for adolescents with end-stage arthritis. However, the altered hip anatomy, the elevated revision rate, and the long-term implant survival must be considered before performing a THA in adolescent patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Adolescents
  • Outcomes
  • Total hip arthroplasty
  • Under 21 years
  • Young


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