Aseptic Necrosis (cont.)

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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


Koopman, William, et al., eds. Clinical Primer of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2000.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2014

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