Avascular Necrosis

Also known as: osteonecrosis

What is avascular necrosis?

When blood supply is cut off to the bone, leading to the death of bone tissue, this is known as avascular necrosis. This loss of bone tissue can have severe consequences for those impacted by it.


What causes avascular necrosis?

Injuries or accidents that impact a joint and nearby blood vessels are a frequent cause of avascular necrosis. It can also occur due to blood vessel blockages from fats or as a complication of certain diseases.


What are the symptoms of avascular necrosis?

Joint pain that gradually worsens over time is the most common symptoms of avascular necrosis. Eventually the pain can become severe and persistent.


What are avascular necrosis care options?

Early on, pain relievers and other medications can be used to treat avascular necrosis. As the disease progresses, it may require surgical procedures and other therapies to remove the damaged portion of bone and replace it with new bone.

Reviewed by: Michael Tidwell, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/13/2017 12:11:20 PM

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