Disease information

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Perthes Disease.

It is a disease of the blood circulation in the hip in growth, which is between three and twelve years, with peaks at five to ten years.

It is characterized by a gradual deformation of the femoral head.

In most cases it is unilateral, but in one of every seven to ten is bilateral.

Is four to five times more common in boys than in girls.

Very rare in children of African origin.



Most heal without sequelae if the diagnosis is accurate and the treatment is followed rigorously.


Coxa Magna:

When the head of the femur with an exuberant priest.

Usually produce little discomfort, and a slight limp.

Coxa Plan:

Sequel much more serious, in which the head of the femur has not endured, to sink.

Can cause significant lameness.

Diagnosis and Treatment.


The physical examination can guide to the top towards the disease, but the diagnosis.

final takes place through the x - ray. Treatment.

Treatment is directed at reducing the burden on the affected hip to promote their healing quickly and correctly.

On rare occasions should be resorted to surgery.

General Measures.

Sleep. Do not walk on the affected leg.

Immobilization of the leg.


It is not necessary.


See the general measures.


There is no need to follow any special diet.

Risk Factors.





Difficult to ignore the exact cause.

For any hip pain that this child should perform a review specialist.

Signs and symptoms.

I get a pain in the hip affects, and that may soon go unnoticed.

It lasts at most a couple of weeks. Other times, or after a time of pain, a progressive limp.

Finally, in many cases is asymptomatic, appearing as a radiological finding.


The basic cause is unknown, although various theories and data pointing to a trauma as a trigger.

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