Transient synovitis of the hip is short term pain and swelling of the hip joint.

Hip Bone and Local Musculature
Abdominal muscle and pelvis
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The cause is not known.

Risk Factors

Transient synovitis of the hip is more common in children between the ages of 3 and 8. It is also more common in boys.


Symptoms may be:

  • Sudden pain in the hip, groin, or thigh
  • Pain when putting weight on the side that has pain
  • Problems walking and standing


You will be asked about your child’s symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.


Transient synovitis often goes away on its own in three to ten days. Medicine can help to ease pain.


There is no known way to prevent this health problem. The cause is not known.

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