Legg Calve Perthes Disease

Legg-Calve Perthes Disease is a medical condition in which a destruction of the thighbone neck’s plate growth, occurs. Such disease affects one in one thousand to five thousand children between the ages of five and ten years and is more likely to occur in boys than in girls.

It usually affects only in 1 hip. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease resulted from a poor blood supply to the thighbone’s neck, but the cause for the poor blood supply is not known. The major symptoms include walking problems and hip pain. Symptoms start slowly and progress gradually. Movement of joints is limited, and the muscles of the thigh can become wasted from use lack. On x-rays examination, a thigh bone’s head appears flattened at first; later it appears fragmented.

Treatment of legg-calve perthes disease consists of splints, bed rest, blaster casts, and slings. Some doctors recommend orthopedic surgery to correct any remaining hip abnormalities. If not treated, the disease can take two to three years to heal. If any abnormalities persist, the risk of progressing hip joint osteoarthritis is higher. If the disorder is properly treated, the osteoarthritis is less likely to progress.

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