Regular readers to my blog will know that both me and my baby girl have hip dysplasia (DDH). My hip dysplasia unfortunately didn’t follow a straightforward path and I am now disabled, but that was a long time ago and treatment and understanding of DDH has improved a great deal. My baby girl was treated with the Pavlik Harness and so far things seem to be thankfully improving and going well for her.
We were told recently about a research study into the genetic risk factors for hip dysplasia in children and adolescents and asked if we would be interested in being involved at all. I was immediately up for giving what support we could, especially since both my daughter and I have the condition, we are perfect candidates for seeing how genetics are a factor and I think any research into hip dysplasia is great.
It’s not currently understood what causes developmental dysplasia of the hip but it is known that it can run in families and children who have a parent or sibling with it are more likely to have an increased chance of having it too. It’s therefore clear that genetics contribute in some way, but it’s not known exactly how.
This research into hip dysplasia is led by Mr A Roposch, orthopaedic consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital and scientist in the Institute of Child Health (UCL) but involves a wider team of researchers and consultants. The research aims to find out what genetic factors are associated with hip dysplasia in children, and ultimately find the genes that cause hip dysplasia.
If your child has hip dysplasia they are eligible to take part in this study and the research team are trying to recruit as many participants as possible, as the more participants there are the better the quality of the study.
All that is involved is taking a small sample of saliva from your child’s mouth, which takes a matter of minutes, as these will help test if there’s a certain genetic make up associated with hip dysplasia. Personal information is kept completely confidential and all participants will be kept informed of results and outcomes of the study.
If your child has or had hip dysplasia and you are interested in taking part in the research study please do speak to your consultant.
If you need more information about hip dysplasia (DDH) you can contact the charity STEPS, who are a national UK based charity supporting children and adults affected by lower limb conditions.