Legg–Calve–Perthes disease

Colin Bruce

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Legg–Calve–Perthes disease

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Avascular necrosis of the femoral head initiated by unknown factors is followed by gradual restoration of blood supply and regeneration

Current treatment methods aim to prevent development of an aspherical and incongruent femoral head and acetabulum

Treatment should be offered to the child with a poor prognosis so that the natural history of the condition can be improved: identification of such cases is difficult

Early and late management strategies differ significantly.

Chapter.  7162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Paediatrics

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