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Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease - Cause - Diagnosis - Symptoms - Treatment

Information on Legg-Calve-Perthes disease cause, diagnosis, symptoms and treatment. Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP), also known as Perthes disease, most commonly affects young boys. LCP damages the hip joint, when poor blood supply to the area causes the ball of the femur to flatten. Early treatment can help lessen the development of osteoarthritis of the hip later in life.
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Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is when the head of the thighbone in the hip deteriorates due to insufficient blood supply to the area. The blood flow to the femur is interrupted, and the tip of the bone dies over a period of one to three weeks. The disorder causes a flattening of the top of the femur. Usually just one hip is affected, although it's possible for both to develop the condition.

Blood supply to bone (Image)
Bones require their own blood supply which travels through the periosteum to the inner bone marrow.

Guide to Avascular Necrosis
Avascular necrosis develops when there is temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to the bones.

Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis is also known as "wear-and-tear" arthritis. It is typically seen as a primary disease in older people but can occur as a secondary condition in younger people. Injury, occupation, excess weight, and genetics are among the factors which cause the cartilage of a joint to wear away. Take our Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz.

Perthes Disease
Perthes Disease usually is seen in children 2 to 12 years of age. It is five times more common in boys than girls. Originally described nearly a century ago as a peculiar form of childhood arthritis of the hips. Although the term 'disease' is still used, it is now known that Perthes is a condition characterized by a temporary loss of blood supply to the hip; it is not a disease, from AAOS.

Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD)
Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCPD) is the name given to idiopathic osteonecrosis of the capital femoral epiphysis of the femoral head. The goal of treatment is to avoid severe degenerative arthritis, from eMedicine.

Legg-Calve-Perthes' Disease
Legg-Calve-Perthes' disease is characterized by loss of circulation to the head of the femur in a developing child resulting in AVN, from Orthoseek.

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