Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Fenton MO

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Robert A Shively, MD
(314) 652-4100
915 N Grand Ave
Saint Louis, MO
Business
Washington University Orthopedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Dr.Clayton Perry
(314) 821-4884
1011 Bowles Ave # 400
Fenton, MO
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Robert A Shapiro, DDS
(314) 843-4420
11866 Gravois Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward L Acree, DDS
(314) 849-2200
4600 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Forbes A McMullin
(314) 849-0311
12639 Old Tesson Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Anver Alli Tayob, MD
(314) 577-8850
1709 Gilsinn Ln
Fenton, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1965

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James M Oleskevich, DDS
(314) 842-5000
11810 Gravois Rd Ste 101
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John R Firth, DDS
(314) 487-1141
5524 Telegraph Rd Ste 201
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dr.BRUCE SCHLAFLY
(314) 842-2200
10004 Kennerly Rd # 259B
Saint Louis, MO
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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David Berchmans Fagan, MD
(314) 849-5414
2152 Tesson Ferry Rd St Ste 2
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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