About Perthes

Perthes 101

Roughly 5 in 100,000 people have Legg Calve Perthes Disease, or simply Perthes. Perthes, most often affects children 4-6 and is more common in boys. Perthes occurs gradually. The blood supply to the hip is temporarily interrupted causing bone and tissue damage. Without sufficient blood and nutrients, the bone begins to collapse and die.   In this section, you’ll find

  • Intro to Perthes
  • How Bones Grow
  • Perthes By Age
  • Perthes By Stage
  • The Lateral Pillar Classification
  • Non Surgical Treatment
  • Surgical Treatment
  • Prognosis

Perthes for Parents

Perhaps you suspect Perthes; perhaps your child has been recently diagnosed; perhaps you have been on this journey for some time. Perthes disease is full of ups and downs for the whole family. There are more questions than answers. There may be frustration and tears. But there is also hope and laughter and community. In this section you’ll find links to informational sites, books, and downloadable resources including our

  • Glossary
  • Tips for the Appointment
  • Questions for the Surgeon

Perthes for Clinicians

A common concern among parents of children diagnosed with Perthes disease is frustration due to delay of diagnosis or misdiagnosis. This is in part due to the gradual onset, age at onset, variability of disease process, and of course rarity of Perthes disease. Positive outcome has been linked to early diagnosis and early referral to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Legg Calve Perthes Foundation aims to be a resource for providers, parents, and patients by providing a support community, a place for consolidated information, and links to peer reviewed research. In this section you’ll find

Legg-Calve-Perthes Foundation, Inc. is organized for exclusively religious, charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under said Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Specifically, the organization will provide educational programs to the public regarding Perthes as well as benevolent assistance to those in need. EIN/Tax ID: 82-2121017.

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