Aseptic Necrosis of the Hip
(Osteonecrosis; Avascular Necrosis; Ischemic Necrosis; Osteochondritis Dissecans)
|The Hip Joint|
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- Femoral neck fractures
- Hip trauma
- Dislocation of the hip
- Radiation therapy
- Prolonged or repeated use of cortisone-like drugs
- Decompression sickness
- Sickle cell disease
- Gaucher disease
- Cushing disease
- Excessive alcohol use
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)—especially if SLE is being treated with corticosteroids
- Chronic renal failure or renal transplantation
- HIV infection
- Groin pain, especially with weight-bearing actions
- Hip pain or limited hip motion
- Buttock, thigh, and knee pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, to relieve pain
- Bisphosphonates to prevent the loss of bone mass
- Iloprost to relax blood vessels
- Enoxaparin to prevent blood clots
- Minimize the dose and duration of cortisone-like drugs.
- Avoid decompression disease when diving underwater.
- Reduce or stop smoking.
- Avoid excessive alcohol.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/10/2014 -