Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Lewiston ME

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Victor Parisien, MD
(207) 576-6035
PO Box 1166
Lewiston, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ottawa, Fac Of Med, Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1962

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David G Brown
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave
Auburn, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Paul Rutter Cain, MD
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave
Auburn, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Central Maine Med Ctr, Lewiston, Me
Group Practice: Central Maine Orthopaedics

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Jacques Dumont, MD
(207) 786-0113
690 Minot Ave Ste 1
Auburn, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Laval, Fac De Med, Sainte-Foy, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1966

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James M Timoney
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave
Auburn, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Matthew Bush
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave # 1
Auburn, ME
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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Michael Francis Regan, MD
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave Ste 1
Auburn, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1987

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James Michael Timoney, DO
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave
Auburn, ME
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1983

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Ann Ingrid Eriksson
(207) 783-1328
690 Minot Ave
Auburn, ME
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Paul M Beegel, MD FACS
(207) 782-2020
647 Old Danville Rd
Auburn, ME
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ
Graduation Year: 1945

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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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