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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.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Syed Ahmed

Syed Ahmed

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip, Sports, Trauma and Deformity Specialist
Ben Martin

Benjamin Martin

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Spine, Hip and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Jeffrey Peck, M.D.

Jeffrey Peck

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip, Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist


Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.