Other Names for this Disease
- Perthes disease
- Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome
- Osteochondritis deformans
- Coxa plana
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 Early symptoms may include mildly painful limp, pain down the inner thigh to the knee, some restriction of hip movement, pain at extremes of movement, and tenderness over the hip joint. Treatment may include a brief period of bed rest (1 to 3 days) followed by bracing. Rarely bracing may be required for 2 to 3 years. Chance of recovery (prognosis) varies, but tends to be better for younger patients (e.g., less than 6 years of age). Some people with this syndrome go on to develop degenerative arthritis. The cause of the condition is unknown.Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs when the ball of the thighbone in the hip doesn’t get enough blood, causing the bone to die.
Last updated: 1/6/2011
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. MedlinePlus. 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001264.htm. Accessed 1/6/2011.
- Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2010, 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2009;
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has an information page on Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. Click on the link above to view this resource page.
- The National Osteonecrosis Foundation has an information page on Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Click on the link above to view this information resource.
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- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.