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Pediatric Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease

Key points about Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease

  • Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease is a rare hip condition that affects children. Over a number of years, a child’s femoral head breaks down and re-forms.
  • The disease has four phases.
  • Children with this disease feel pain and stiffness in their hip joint.
  • X-rays and bone scans can help diagnose it.
  • Treatment goals include controlling pain, maintaining hip motion and keeping the hip deformity from getting worse.


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