Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease | Diagnosis

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How is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease diagnosed?

It’s important to diagnose Legg-Calve-Perthes disease early in childhood. Early diagnosis and treatment allow as much time as possible for the head of your child's thigh bone to remodel itself back into a round shape, since children’s softer bones heal quickly and have a good capacity for self-repair.

The first step to treating your child’s Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease (LCP or Perthes) is a complete and accurate diagnosis. Our goal is to diagnose Perthes disease as early as possible in order to prevent continuing hip deformity. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for LCP may include:

If your child receives a diagnosis of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, he or she must avoid putting weight on the hip until after treatment and may be instructed to use crutches or a wheelchair until receiving treatment.

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