Aseptic Necrosis (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Catherine Burt Driver, MD
Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.
In this Article
- Aseptic necrosis facts
- What is aseptic necrosis?
- What causes aseptic necrosis?
- What are risk factors for aseptic necrosis?
- What are symptoms of aseptic necrosis?
- How is aseptic necrosis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for aseptic necrosis?
- What is the prognosis of aseptic necrosis?
- Can aseptic necrosis be prevented?
What is the prognosis of aseptic necrosis?
Aseptic necrosis causes a serious injury to affected bone. Frequently this leads to permanent destruction of the adjacent joint. Early core decompression is generally necessary to prevent collapse of affected bone.
Can aseptic necrosis be prevented?
Aseptic necrosis can be prevented by minimizing the use of steroid medications when possible and by treating underlying medical conditions, such as those described above, that can increase the risk of developing aseptic necrosis.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2000.
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