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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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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

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