Osteonecrosis associated with HIV infection

Can Assoc Radiol J. 1995 Aug;46(4):280-4.


Objective: To report cases of osteonecrosis in patients who were HIV positive but had no apparent risk factors for osteonecrosis.

Patients and methods: A computer search of records from two university-affiliated teaching hospitals yielded eight cases of osteonecrosis in HIV-positive patients and patients with AIDS. The patients' charts and radiographic records were reviewed to determine possible risk factors for osteonecrosis.

Results: In four of the eight patients no definite risk factors for osteonecrosis could be found.

Conclusion: Osteonecrosis may be a musculoskeletal complication of HIV infection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Femur Head Necrosis / complications*
  • Femur Head Necrosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Femur Head Necrosis / pathology
  • HIV Seropositivity / complications*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors