Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Cedar Rapids IA

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Warren Neil Verdeck
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mark Allan Mehlhoff, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1983

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Lisa Michelle Coester
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Lisa M Coester, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1995

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Kevin Robert Eck
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Jeffrey Michael Nassif
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Martin Francis Roach, MD
(319) 366-7627
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1966

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James Michael Pape, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986

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Peter D Pardubsky
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Fred John Pilcher, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Physicians Clinic Of Iowa

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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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