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Kohler disease


Other Names for this Disease

  • Kohler's Disease
  • Kohler's Disease of the Tarsal Navicular
  • Kohler's Osteochondrosis of the Tarsal Navicular
  • Navicular Osteochondrosis
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Overview

Kohler disease is a condition that involves a bone at the arch of the foot called the tarsal navicular bone. In this condition, the tarsal navicular bone breaks into fragments before healing and hardening.[1] Signs and symptoms are usually mild and may include limping, swelling and pain in the affected foot.[2][1] The condition most often affects children aged 3 to 5 years and usually involves just one foot.[2][3] Although the underlying cause it not well understood, it is thought to be due to interruption of blood flow to the navicular bone, resulting in degeneration of the bone.[4] Treatment may involve rest and avoidance of excessive weight-bearing.[2][3]
Last updated: 7/20/2012

References

  1. Köhler's Bone Disease. Merck Manuals. February 2008; http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/childrens_health_issues/bone_disorders_in_children/k%C3%B6hlers_bone_disease.html?qt=kohler&alt=sh#v821464. Accessed 7/20/2012.
  2. Osteochondroses. MERCK Manual. 2005; http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec19/ch284/ch284j.html. Accessed 4/1/2009.
  3. Vargas B. Köhler Disease. eMedicine. 2009; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1234753-overview. Accessed 4/1/2009.
  4. Kohler disease. NORD. February 5, 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/800/viewAbstract. Accessed 4/25/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Kohler's Disease
  • Kohler's Disease of the Tarsal Navicular
  • Kohler's Osteochondrosis of the Tarsal Navicular
  • Navicular Osteochondrosis
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