Anomalies of the hip joint in children are common enough to warrant a better understanding of them by the general practitioner and pediatrician. This is especially true of one of the benign forms, to which the term transitory synovitis of the hip joint has been applied. Some of the previous presentations on this condition will be reviewed in this paper, and the cases of 37 patients observed by me during the past two and one-half years (January 1937 through June 1939) will be analyzed and discussed.
From the contributions of Belmonte,1 Butler,2 Todd,3 Fairbank4 and Finder,5 who described the same syndrome under a variety of closely related titles, the disease has come to be regarded as a nonspecific, relatively transient inflammation of the synovial membrane of the hip joint of a child. The onset may be acute or insidious. Clinically, there are symptoms of pain,