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The Bergen Hip Cohort Study
The Bergen Hip Cohort Study (BHCS) The BHCS is embedded within a randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate the effectiveness of three screening strategies for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and it is the first longitudinal, population- based hip "phenobank" which includes standardised ultrasound examinations of the newborn hip and radiographs at skeletal maturity. Moreover, children’s growth, screened between January 1989 and June 1990, was recorded for an average of 10 serial measurements per child including height and weight between birth and 15 years. The objectives of the BHCS are: a) to obtain standards for radiological indices of DDH and osteoarthritis at skeletal maturity b) to estimate the prevalence of radiologically defined hip dysplasia at skeletal maturity c) to estimate the frequencies of four longitudinal dysplasia phenotypes based on sonographic assessments in the newborn and radiological assessment at skeletal maturity Other objectives are to investigate associations between longitudinal dysplasia phenotypes with d) clinically assessed hip joint mobility and hypermobility; e) weight, height and body mass index (BMI) at age 18/19 years; f) prepubertal weight, height and BMI trajectories, taking into account family history of hip dysplasia, perinatal factors and birth weight.
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