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Waldenström's disease

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Chronic inflammation of the head of the femur in children. Results in atrophy and shortening of the neck and femur with a wide flat head.

Osteochondritis deformans juvenilis is also entered as Scheuermann's disease, but it is uncertain whether this is the same condition.


  • H. Waldenström:
    Die Tuberkulose des Collum femoris im Kindesalter und ihre Beziehungen zur Hüftgelenkentzündung. Stockholm, 1910.

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