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Is avascular necrosis serious?

Is avascular necrosis serious?

Yes: Avascular necrosis is bone death due to lack of blood supply. This can occur in joints where the blood supply can be easily disrupted by injury or disease. Joints such as the hip, knee, wrist, elbow or ankle. Some medications such as steroids can increase risk of this problem. Disease which have increased risk include diabetes, sickle cell disease, gout, atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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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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Anyone treated avascular necrosis?

Anyone treated avascular necrosis?

Yes: Ask an orthopedic surgeons. We are the physicians who usually end up treating this condition as it may affect the hip, the knee, the ankle, the shoulder as well as other sites. ...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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What is avascular necrosis ?

What is  avascular necrosis ?

Avascular necrosis: Bone is a living tissue that is constantly turning over; this involves tightly regulated systems of bone addition and subtraction. In order to deliver the cells that are responsible there needs to be adequate blood flow. If the blood flow is disrupted significantly, the affected areas can undergo avascular necrosis (avn). Avn can lead to collapse of the area and arthritis if it occurs near joints. ...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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Why does steroids cause avascular necrosis?

Why does steroids cause avascular necrosis?

We are not sure: We are not sure but there is a linkage seen whether it may be more related ti the underlying problem for which the steroids are given as treatment in the first place. ...Read more

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Could using steriods from chemo cause avascular necrosis?

Could using steriods from chemo cause avascular necrosis?

Yes: This is a known complication of taking steroids, especially if you had to take prolonged courses during your chemo regimen (for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, for example). Depending on the location and extent, treatment ranges from physical therapy and waiting, to some orthopedic surgery procedures. If you are still on steroids, you and your oncologist will have the risk/benefit ratio of stopping. ...Read more

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Can a hip fracture turn into avascular necrosis ?

Can a hip fracture turn into avascular necrosis ?

Yes: If the fracture interferes with the blood supple to the ball of the hip joint, avn can occur. ...Read more

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How does prednisone cause avascular necrosis?

Still unknown: Even though there is this very well-established connection between chronic Prednisone use and avascular necrosis, how this occurs remains unclear. Numerous hypotheses abound. Some argue that increased lipids seen with steroids cause vessels to joints to clog, leading to oxygen starvation & bone death. A more popular view is that vessel (venous) walls undergo thickening, leading to poor blood flow. ...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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Can hemachromotosis cause avascular necrosis of the ankle joint?

Can hemachromotosis cause avascular necrosis of the ankle joint?

Arthritis, not AVN: Hemochromatosis is associated with development of arthritis that can affect multiple joints, but is not generally associated with avascular necrosis. ...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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What is aseptic necrosis?

What is aseptic necrosis?

Tissue death no bugs: Aseptic necrosis is often used to describe the death of bone due to vascular insufficiency, without and infection. High dose steroid treatment can cause aseptic necrosis of the head of the femur. Fracture of the femoral neck can also cause aseptic necrosis due to injury to blood vessels supplying the femoral head. ...Read more

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Whats avascular necrosis of the femoral head?

Bone death: Avascular necrosis (also osteonecrosis, bone infarction, aseptic necrosis, ischemic bone necrosis, and (avn) is a disease where there is cellular death (necrosis) of bone components due to interruption of the blood supply. ...Read more

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What is avascular necrosis of hip and knee?

What is avascular necrosis of hip and knee?

Bone Destruction: Avascular necrosis means there is no blood getting to a particular body part. Our body parts need blood to survive, including bones (bones are living tissue). Necrosis refers to the dying of cells that make up that body part. Avascular necrosis of the hip & knee means there is no blood getting to them & they are being destroyed. ...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