Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 88–91 | Cite as

Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease: Staging by MRI using gadolinium

  • H. Ducou le Pointe
  • S. Haddad
  • B. Silberman
  • G. Filipe
  • M. Monroc
  • J. -P. Montagne


Twenty-one patients (26 hips) with typical signs of Legg-Perthes-Calvé (LPC) disease on plain radiographs were explored by MRI. Patients were imaged with a 0.5 T MR unit. Gadolinium-enhanced spin-echo MR images were obtained after nonenhanced T1-weighted (spin-echo) and T2*-weighted (gradient-echo) images. Four different areas were identified in the femoral epiphysis (necrosis, regenerative, cartilaginous and normal fatty bone tissue). The histological evolution of LPC is well described by Catterall and others. Comparing their descriptions with our MR findings, we suggest classification of LPC into five phases: necrosis: regeneration, reconstruction, reossification and sequelae.


Public Health Gadolinium Bone Tissue Plain Radiograph Typical Sign 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Ducou le Pointe
    • 1
  • S. Haddad
    • 1
  • B. Silberman
    • 1
  • G. Filipe
    • 2
  • M. Monroc
    • 1
  • J. -P. Montagne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric RadiologyHôpital d'Enfants Armand-TrousseauParis Cédex 12France
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryHôpital d'Enfants Armand-TrousseauParis Cédex 12France

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