Avascular necrosis of the hip

Br J Hosp Med. 1994 Mar 16-Apr 5;51(6):275-80.


Avascular necrosis is a common problem and can be a grossly disabling condition in young patients. Magnetic resonance imaging has revolutionized the diagnosis and assessment of early cases. Core decompression of the femoral head may promote venous drainage and reduce the risk of progressive collapse towards osteoarthritis. However, the authors favour early total joint replacement in patients who are greatly incapacitated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Femur Head Necrosis / classification
  • Femur Head Necrosis / diagnosis*
  • Femur Head Necrosis / epidemiology
  • Femur Head Necrosis / etiology
  • Femur Head Necrosis / therapy*
  • Hip Prosthesis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Steroids / adverse effects


  • Steroids