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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Avascular Necrosis

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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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Does chemotherapy cause avascular necrosis? Does having cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation increase my risk of avascular necrosis? .

Does chemotherapy cause avascular necrosis? Does having cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation increase my risk of avascular necrosis?

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Perhaps: Certain chemo and radiation can cause avn. Certain cancers and disease can as well. It is best to discuss this with your oncologist or internist. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy cause avascular necrosis? Does having cancer treatments such as chemo or radiation increase my risk of avascular necrosis? . .

Possible: Certain therapeutics, although not chemotherapy, that are commonly used in cancer patients can be associated with avascular necrosis (avn). Examples of these agents include: zometa, xgeva (denosumab) and avstin that can be associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw. Dexamethasone and radiation therapy can also cause avn. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the tests for avascular necrosis?

What are the tests for avascular necrosis?

Osteonecrosis: Test for avn plain x-ray of the involved bone or joint and to confirm it the principat test is an mri.Dr seni. ...Read more

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Describe the features of avascular necrosis.?

Ischemic death of hi: Thblood supply to the center of the ball of you hip joint stops tje bone dies later iyt collapses and the ball shape of your hip is lost the hip collapses arthritis follows all stages are painful death collapse arthritis treted well with a total hip replacement. ...Read more

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Is there any alternative for curing avascular necrosis(avn)?

Is there any alternative for curing avascular necrosis(avn)?

No: If avascular necrosis (avn) has occurred, then part of the bone is dead (necrosis) and there is no cure. There are many causes from lupus to sickle cell disease to corticosteroids to alcohol abuse. The key is to prevent further avn by addressing the cause: treatment of alcoholism, reducing load (obesity) on the damaged bone, reducing the need for steroids, etc. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think I have avascular necrosis. Help please?

What joint: You don't say what joint and what drugs you have taken or are on. The correct person to handle aseptic necrosis is an Ortopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is avascular necrosis of the hip?

What is avascular necrosis of the hip?

Hip joint breakdown: Avascular necrosis represents a spectrum of issues that advance from mild hip pain early in the process and heads toward varying degrees of femoral head collapse and severe pain with limited function. Speak to your orthopaedic surgeon if you are having progressive hip pain to see if imaging with X-rays or an MRI is indicated ...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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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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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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Will avascular necrosis stop now that I stopped steroids ?

Yes and no: Avclascular necrosis , ischemic bone necrosis, (avn) is a disease where there is cellular death (necrosis) of bone components due to interruption of the blood supply. When you have injection or used steroid rarely you will have side effect to the cortisone used what we call avn of the bone sometimes happen after few month to year from using the medications or injection. Thank you. ...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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What's a good treatment for someone with avascular necrosis?

What's a good treatment for someone with avascular necrosis?

Orthopedic evaluate: You need to be worked up for the cause! lack of sufficient blood flow for the affected bone/ joint. ...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