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a disease of the growth ossification centers in children, beginning as a degeneration or necrosis followed by regeneration or recalcification; known by various names, depending on the bone involved.
osteochondrosis defor´mans ti´biae tibia vara.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Perthes' diseaseInflammation at the growing upper end (EPIPHYSIS) of the thigh bone (femur) probably due to interference with the blood supply in the area. Perthes' disease is commonest in children and causes pain in the thigh and groin, limping and restriction of movement at the hip joint. Treatment is by rest and splinting and occasionally surgery. (Georg Clemen Perthes, 1869–1927 German surgeon).
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