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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. Pietro Seni
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Avascular Necrosis (Definition)

Also known as osteonecrosis, avascular necrosis is the death of bone from interruption of blood supply. This can result in tiny bone fractures and eventual destruction of the entire bone. It can be caused by trauma, blockage of circulation with lipids in the blood, certain diseases like sickle cell disease, Gaucher, and occasionally after exposure to corticosteroids. Sometimes, there ...Read more


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Can avascular necrosis cause severe unbearable lower back pain?

Can avascular necrosis cause severe unbearable lower back pain?

Avascular necrosis: Avascular necrosis of the hip? Can definitely cause low back pain. In fact many patients come to the doctor complaining of back pain and not hip pain. But, many other things can cause low back pain as well. Have it checked to see if due to the avn or due to something else. ...Read more

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Prednisone starting 40mg/day taper over 8 mo. Sle. Hip/knee pain severe past 2 months. Hip pain totally new. Pain chronic.Possible avascular necrosis?

Prednisone starting 40mg/day taper over 8 mo. Sle. Hip/knee pain severe past 2 months. Hip pain totally new. Pain chronic.Possible avascular necrosis?

Possibly: Hip pain from avn can be felt in the groin, thigh or knee. It may hurt at night or with activities. X-rays may or may not show evidence of the condition, while an MRI scan is very helpful in detecting the condition and extent of involvement of the bone. Treatment may include core decompression or hip replacement depending on extent of involvement. ...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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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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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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Can you tell me about avascular necrosis?

AVN: AVN is caused by a lack of blood supply to the bone due to either traumatic or non-traumatic reasons. The bone then has death of its cells, which often leads to collapse of the affected bone. Better imaging modalities have increased the number of cases diagnosed in recent years. ...Read more

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What are the signs of avascular necrosis?

Depends on location: Avn can occur many locations including hip, knee, ankle etc. Symptoms evolve slowly and may include pain and swelling of the affected joint. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Glueck
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Osteonecrosis (Definition)

Osteonecrosis is a condition in which part of a person's bone dies due to lack of blood flow to the area. The hip and shoulder are more likely to be affected, but osteonecrosis can also involve the knee, elbow, wrist, or ankle. Trauma to the bone can cause osteonecrosis, often there ...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