A 27-year-old female asked:
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can cortisone injections to elbow cause avascular necrosis of elbow? i had 4 injections. last two to elbow joint

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Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not common: Usually avn of any joint is due 2 oral steroids or im injections on a long term basis, also etoh abuse. The intra articular injections repeatedly into a joint cause permanent damage 2 the articular cartilage of the joint.
Answered on Feb 6, 2014
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Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Absolutely.
Answered on Feb 8, 2014
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