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Dr. Charles Glueck
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Osteonecrosis (Definition)

-death of bone. This is due 2 loss of blood supply 2 a certain bone part. Common after some injuries such as fractured navicular in the wrist, dislocation of the hip. Some R due 2 drugs , especially steroids, also alcoholism, in these cases it's usually ...Read more


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What level of pain associated with severe hip osteoarthritis rel to severe avascular necrosis resulting in progressive bilateral hip deformities.

What level of pain associated with severe hip osteoarthritis rel to severe avascular necrosis resulting in progressive bilateral hip deformities.

Talk to a dr: Hi, Thank you for your question. I would love to discuss this in more detail with you. Please contact me if you would like to tackle your problems one on one. Either way hope you feel better. Dr. M ...Read more

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How do you treat avascular necrosis?

How do you treat avascular necrosis?

Surgery, meds: The most common solution is joint replacement surgery, but bisphosphonate medications can be used first to try to slow the progression of bone death. ...Read more

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What should I do about avascular necrosis?

What should I do about avascular necrosis?

AVN: More information needed. In some bones (humeral + femoral head) if diagnosed before collapse and arthritis begins, there may be some value to core decompression. Some centers have shown decreased progression of collapse with free vascular fibula grafting (hip). No consensus regarding treatment before collapse. Once collapse occurs, some sort of resurfacing/replacement required to manage pain. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have avascular necrosis?

How can I  know if I have avascular necrosis?

See an ortho: I would see an ortho and get examined if necessary, you will likely undergo an xray and may need an MRI to make the diagnosis of avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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Can coffee cause avascular necrosis?

No: Although caffeine isn't good for bone density, regular consumption of coffee doesn't cause avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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What does avascular necrosis of lunate mean?

Lacks blood supply: For some reason, your lunate bone has lost its blood supply. See an orthopedic hand and wrist specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting avascular necrosis?

Not enough info: The risk really depend if you have a disease or take meds that predispose to the disease or have fractured a hip or are a diver for instance. If you do not take prednisone, do not drink alcohol to excess and have none of the diseases or injuries or activities associated with higher risk then your risk is virtually zero. ...Read more

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How to plan exercise routine for avascular necrosis?

Depends on location: Avascular necrosis can occur in a lot of locations. Exercise depends on pain tolerance and mechanics. You have to individualize the program depending on the location of the avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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If you had to boil it down, what is avascular necrosis?

If you had to boil it down, what is avascular necrosis?

Dead bone: Avascular necrosis (avn) is a disruption of the blood supply to a bone. With no blood supply, the bone is substantially weakened there are numerous causes, most commonly trauma/fracture. Common bones involved are the hip, shoulder, scaphoid, femoral condyles. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent or lessen the chance of avascular necrosis?

Options limited: Depends on the location and manner of fracture. Shoulder & hips at highest risk for avascular bone necrosis, so only real prevention is not getting injured to begin with. In some special cases you can take steps to reduce risk. Deep sea divers (due to the bends) and patients on high dose long term corticosteroids are more at risk. Talk to your dr. ...Read more

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Is there excercises you can to to help prevent the pain from avascular necrosis.?

Is there excercises you can to to help prevent the pain from avascular necrosis.?

AVN: Unfortunately, probably not. Pain from avn related to "dead bone" initially. In later stages, collapse of the bone with loss of normal shape, and ultimately progression to arthritis. ...Read more

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Do steriods from chemo cause avascular necrosis?

Do steriods from chemo cause avascular necrosis?

Possibly but others: Although avascular necrosis can be related to corticosteroids it is important to know that there are other causes of avascular necrosis. There is a decrease in blood flow to the area involved. Although corticosteroids can be associated, it depends on dose and time and thus chemo steroids are less likely to be associated. Other causes: alcohol, joint injury and increased pressure ...Read more

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Does a torn rotator resemble avascular necrosis on an mri?

Does a torn rotator resemble avascular necrosis on an mri?

No: A torn rotator cuff primarily involves the rotator cuff tendons whereas avascular necrosis involves the humeral head (top of the long bone of the upper arm). Each disease has certain features on mri. ...Read more

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Dr. Pietro Seni
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Avascular Necrosis (Definition)

Also known as osteonecrosis, it is the death of bone from interruption of blood supply. This can result in tiny bone fractures and eventual destruction ...Read more


Necrosis (Definition)

Necrosis is the the death of cells and tissue. In dentistry, root canals are often needed when the pulp tissue inside a ...Read more