Description: Also known as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, this degenerative disease of the hip joint in which a decreased blood supply leads to the destruction of the head of the femur bone causing hip deformities. There is no known cause of this debilitating disease but it is associated to reduced blood flow in the joint.
Symptoms: Symptoms are hip lameness and arthritis.
Diagnosis: Diagnosed via radiograph of hip.
Treatment: Surgery is used to manage this disease and to slow the arthritis. The femoral head is removed causing reduced functionality but decreased arthritis.
Treatment can cost several hundred dollars