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George Allen Brown
(503) 494-6400
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Roger A Wooley, DMD
(503) 228-1945
511 SW 10th Ave Ste 709
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Suresh Kasaraneni, MD
(503) 494-6406
3181 SW sam Jackson Park Rd OP31
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1982

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Scott Berian Jones, MD
(503) 224-8399
1515 NW 18th Ave Ste 300
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Legacy Good Samaritan Hosp And, Portland, Or; Providence St Vincent Med Ctr, Portland, Or
Group Practice: Columbia Orthopedic & Occptnl

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Kenna Larsen, MD
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 2003

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William Eugene Gregory Jr, MD
(803) 327-1163
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1966

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William L Vetter
(503) 813-3860
500 Ne Multnomah St
Portland, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Alexander Crawford Ching
(503) 494-6400
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Charles Benj Bird, MD
(541) 382-3344
OP31 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1964

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Stephen Einar Renwick, MD
(503) 203-2075
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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