What tests are used to diagnose transient synovitis?
Transient synovitis is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning the diagnosis is made once other more dangerous causes of acute hip pain are ruled out. The following tests will be done to rule out other more dangerous causes of hip pain.
• Physical exam
• Blood work (CBC, CRP, ESR)
• Ultrasound of the hip to look for fluid collection
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for transient synovitis tests?
In our Hip Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, we have orthopedic experts who specialize in pediatric hips. We use x-rays, blood work, ultrasound and a physical examination to determine a diagnosis.
What can you expect from these tests?
Tests are done to determine whether the hip is irritated and inflamed or infected. All of our x-rays are done during your clinic visit with your provider. Ultrasound is located in radiology and can be done prior to the visit with your doctor. If your doctor orders blood work for your child, it can be completed at the outpatient lab on the main level of the hospital. If these tests are needed, it may take a day of two to get everything completed for your doctor to make a diagnosis.
How do providers at Children’s Colorado make a diagnosis?
A diagnosis for transient synovitis is a diagnosis of exclusion. By working with radiology, infectious disease and rheumatology, our experts can rule out all other causes of hip pain. Ruling out other causes can lead to a proper diagnosis.