Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a disease that causes degeneration of the femoral head spontaneously. It is also known as avascular or aseptic necrosis of the femoral head. Over time, this degeneration will cause serious deterioration of the hip joint and lead to the development of osteoarthritis of the hip joint. This disease is identified in seen in small-breed puppies.
The common symptoms of LCP disease include pain in the hip, knee and leg movement, particularly internal hip rotation. With time a dog with this condition will begin to limp and become progressively less mobile on the affected leg. The lameness can appear suddenly in some cases.
The majority of dogs diagnosed with this condition will require surgery to alleviate their discomfort and reduce the degree of arthritis that develops in the affected joint. The surgical treatment is known as Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO). Following surgery, physical therapy to rehabilitate the affected joint is required to achieve the best outcome.
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