Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Detroit MI

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Gregory Lewis De Silva, MD
(313) 745-3415
4201 Saint Antoine St Ste 7C
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1994

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Timothy Edward Iorio
(313) 705-1135
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James Francis Mooney, MD
(313) 745-5594
3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1987

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Brian James Larkin
(313) 916-2600
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Anuj Varshney
(313) 916-7520
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John I Khoury
(313) 745-3000
4201 Saint Antoine St
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Fred Ritchie Nelson, MD
(313) 916-3879
2799 W Grand Blvd # K-12
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1967

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Jason Nemitz
(313) 916-2600
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James J Verner Jr, MD
(248) 663-1909
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mi
Group Practice: Henry Ford Medical Center West Bloomfield; Henry Ford Medical Group

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Stuart Trent Guthrie, MD
(734) 266-8446
4707 Saint Antoine St
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 2001

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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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