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Discuss About Perthes Disease

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 Perthes disease is a rare childhood hip disorder which affects children from the age group of four to twelve years.  The disease affects a child s hips when blood supply is interrupted to the ball or rounded head of the femur (thigh bone) temporarily.  The inadequate blood supply makes the bone cells die gradually.  Hence, perthes disease normally lasts for a number of years.  As the condition persists, the child s femur starts breaking apart.  However, the bone start growing once blood supply to the femur commences and normalizes.


Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Perthes Disease

Causes  Perthes disease is a complex childhood hip disorder which may last for a period of time.  The condition is caused due to inadequate blood supply to the femoral head of hip joint.  As the blood supply ceases, the bone cells keep dying gradually.

 The bone cells start growing back once the blood supply becomes normal.


Symptoms Perthes disease develops gradually over a period of time. The symptoms of the hip disorder differ from one child to another. The common symptoms of perthes disease are a limp, pain in the knee/thigh/hip/groin area, stiffness in the affected hip, the affected leg start shortening, and muscle wasting in the thigh.


Treatment  The perthes disease is treated in a number of ways according to the child s age and severity of the hip disorder.

 If the child is less than six years old, the hip disorder is treated through physiotherapy and home exercises.  On the other hand, they may be advised to use crutches, bed rest, and wear a special leg brace/plaster cast. Surgery treatment is suggested only when the symptoms are severe in nature.


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Discuss About Perthes Disease  

Perthes disease is a rare childhood hip disorder which affects children from the age group of four to twelve years. The disease affects a ch...

Discuss About Perthes Disease  

Perthes disease is a rare childhood hip disorder which affects children from the age group of four to twelve years. The disease affects a ch...

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