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Humberto F Boggiano, MD FACS
(915) 581-0908
El Paso, TX
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Male
Education
Medical School: San Marcos(lima)
Graduation Year: 1956

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Arsavir Arat, MD
(915) 533-1902
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uludag Univ, Tip Fak, Bursa, Turkey (Istanbul U & Bursa U)
Graduation Year: 1956

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Larry Randolph Price, DDS
(915) 581-8152
824 E Redd Rd Ste 1-A
El Paso, TX
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Gary D Mundy, DDS
(915) 581-5476
5551 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Clifford Bruce Johnson, MD
249 Ferrari Ct
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1994

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David S Wilbanks, DDS
(915) 581-5021
200 Thunderbird Dr
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jose L Diaz, MD
(915) 533-3000
909 Los Pinos Way
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1990

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Jeffrey Blake Burnette, MD
6772 Copper Ridge Dr
El Paso, TX
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1993

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Miguel Angel Pirela-Cruz, MD FACS
1020 S Mesa Hills Dr Apt 4304
El Paso, TX
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple
Graduation Year: 1980

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James Eugene Kelley, DDS
(915) 581-6526
5555 N Mesa St Ste 300
El Paso, TX
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Hip Pain Info - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

In order to understand Legg-Calve-Perthes disease it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (the femur) and is called the "head" of the femur. The socket is formed by the bones of the pelvis and is called the acetabulum.

Articular cartilage is a smooth shiny coating that covers the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Articular cartilage allows the head of the femur to move easily inside the acetabulum.

In Legg-Calve-Perthes disease there is an interruption of the blood supply to the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis). Without blood, the bone that forms the head of the femur can not get the nutrients that it needs. The bone is damaged and areas of the growing head of the femur die. Eventually the blood supply to the growing head of the femur returns and the bone regenerates.

Unfortunately, in some cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease the growing head of the femur can lose its strength and can change its shape. When this happens there is increased stress on some areas of the head of the femur and the articular cartilage that covers it. Over a number of years this increased stress can lead to early osteoarthritis of the hip .

It is not clear what causes the blood supply to the growing head of the femur to be interrupted. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs in children (most often between the ages of 5 and 10) and it is far more common in boys than in girls.

The treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease depends on its severity. Most types of treatment work best when Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is detected early. Once it is detected, specialists that treat children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can plan out a treatment program.

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