Pathophysiology: Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a childhood condition that affects the hip, where the thighbone (femur) and pelvis meet in a ball-and-socket joint. It occurs when blood supply is temporarily interrupted to the ball part (femoral head) of the hip joint. Without sufficient blood flow, the bone begins to die — so it breaks more easily and heals poorly. Signs & Symptoms: Common symptoms include hip, knee, or groin pain, exacerbated by hip/leg movement, especially internal hip rotation.
Treatment: X-Rays of the hip may suggest and/or verify the diagnosis. X-rays usually demonstrate a flattened, and later fragmented, femoral head. A bone scan or MRI may be useful in making the diagnosis in those cases where x-rays are inconclusive. Usually, plain radiographic changes are delayed 6 weeks or more from clinical onset. So bone scintography and MRI are done for early diagnosis. Treatment is done by removing mechanical pressure from the joint until the disease has run its course.
Statistics:The study of 53 patients of the total after LCPD who underwent joint-preserving surgery (40 surgical hip dislocations, eight acetabular osteotomies, four combined procedures, and one intertrochanteric osteotomy). We obtained Merle d'Aubigné-Postel scores to assess pain; OA was assessed using Tönnis grades. Survival and predictive factors were calculated with the univariate Cox regression. Fifty of the 53 patients were evaluated at a minimum of 5.1 years (mean, 8.2 years; range, 5.1-12.8 years).