Neonatology pp 1266-1268 | Cite as

Neonatal Orthopedic Surgery

  • Peter D. Pizzutillo
  • Martin J. Herman


The physical examination of the neonate is unique and reflects stages of development. While the examination may suggest deformities of the spine and extremities, it is important to recognize physiologic variations of anatomy and growth that are characteristic of the neonate and distinguish them from pathologic anatomy. Timely recognition of clinical problems is especially important for prompt and appropriate interventions in this population. Delay in treatment of acute problems may interfere with normal limb growth and function or survival of the neonate.


Cerebral Palsy Osteogenesis Imperfecta Septic Arthritis Cervical Spinal Cord Periosteal Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter D. Pizzutillo
    • 1
  • Martin J. Herman
  1. 1.Section of Orthopaedic SurgerySt. Christopher’s Hospital for ChildrenPhiladelphiaUSA

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