Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Moss Point MS

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Samuel Bowen Mayfield, DDS
(228) 769-2881
2703 Pascagoula St
Pascagoula, MS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Charlton Henry Barnes, MD
(228) 769-6000
PO Box 1363
Pascagoula, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: George County Hospital, Lucedale, Ms; Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, Ms
Group Practice: Barnes Gulf Coast Orthopaedics

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Charlton Henry Barnes
(228) 769-6000
4211 Hospital St Ste 103
Pascagoula, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Eric D Washington
(228) 762-3664
3615 Hospital St
Pascagoula, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Arthur De Wayne Black, MD
(228) 875-8558
PO Box 1918
Gautier, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1991

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Christopher E Wiggins, MD
(228) 762-3664
PO Box 1283
Pascagoula, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: George County Hospital, Lucedale, Ms; Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, Ms
Group Practice: Osteoporosis Treatment

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Donnis Kline Harrison
(228) 762-3664
3615 Hospital St
Pascagoula, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Christopher Edward Wiggins
(228) 762-3664
3615 Hospital St
Pascagoula, MS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Eric Darcy Washington, MD
(228) 762-3664
3615 Hospital St
Pascagoula, MS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1984

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Deborah A Sema, DDS
(205) 942-2270
3210 Old Shell Rd
Grand Bay, AL
Specialties
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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