Transient synovitis

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Learn about transient synovitis in children, or temporary inflammation of the lining of a joint.

Key points

  • Transient synovitis is one of the most common causes of limping in children and often occurs after a viral infection.
  • The joint most commonly affected is the hip.
  • Treatment includes pain control, anti-inflammatory medication and rest.
  • Symptoms usually improve over one to two weeks.
  • Children fully recover from transient synovitis.
Last updated: July 5th 2024