Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a childhood disease that occurs when not enough blood is supplied to the ball portion of the hip joint. Insufficient blood flow causes the joint to become unstable and the bone to easily break.
The cause of insufficient blood flow to the hip joint is unknown.
The most common symptoms of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease are:
Male children between the ages of 4 through 8 appear to be at higher risk for developing this condition. It is also more common in children of European, Asian and Eskimo ancestry. Additional risk factors include:
Legg-Calve-Perthes disease usually involves one hip; however, both hips are affected in some children, usually at different times. If your child begins limping or complains of hip, groin or knee pain, schedule an appointment with your doctor for a full examination.
A physical exam, which may include a check of the child’s range of motion, will be required in order to diagnose Legg-Calve-Perthes. Additionally, imaging tests will be utilized to confirm the results of the physical exam and may include X-rays, MRIs and bone scans.
The goal of treatment for Legg-Calve-Perthes is to keep the ball of the hip joint round so that it fits securely into the socket. A few common, nonsurgical treatment options include:
In addition to therapeutic treatment, surgery is another option to consider. There are several approaches to surgery, which include:
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