Journal of pediatric orthopaedics. Part B vol:12 issue:3 pages:222-228
This study attempted to analyze objectively the long-standing impression that children under 5 years of age, who have Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, generally do well. Thirty patients, with 36 hips and onset of disease prior to their fifth birthday were reviewed at skeletal maturity. More than 50% of the hips were classified in Catterall group 3 or 4, and Herring group C. The end evaluation by the Stulberg classification showed 44.5% good, 22.2% fair and 33.3% poor results. By the Mose rating the results were respectively 27.8% good, 30.6% fair and 41.6% poor.A meta-analysis of the literature showed a very broad spectrum of results, leading to the conclusion, first, that comparison is difficult and, second, that young age is not a free ticket to a good result.