Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Tucson AZ

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Nicholas A Ransom, MD
(520) 624-0888
1714 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ
Business
PIMA Orthopedic Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Robert Kersey, MD
(520) 885-6701
6567 E. Carondelet Dr #415
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon
Gender
Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy

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John Thomas Ruth, MD
(520) 626-9245
PO Box 245064
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1984

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Brian Russell Duncan, MD
(520) 626-6303
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 2002

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Vicki Kalen, MD
(520) 626-4024
PO Box 245064
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1977

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Jon Nisbet, MD
(520) 321-9850
1555 E. River Road Suite 125
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon
Gender
Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Knee and Shoulder Surgery

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Balz Isler, MD
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Zurich, Med Fak, Zurich, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1972

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Gianna M Luszko, MD
(520) 626-9245
1609 N Warren Ave Rm 108-110
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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J David Gibeault
(520) 577-1200
3100 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Patrick Dale Mulkey
(520) 694-6000
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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