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Forum Name: Bone infections

Question: bone decay

 cbdkart - Tue May 12, 2009 4:30 am

Hello Doc,
My friend was complaining of consistent leg pain for the past 2 to 3 months. We initially thought it could be due to his nature of work, but it persisted even on weekends. He recenty consulted a doctor and was told that bone decay might be a possible cause and has given his report to a radiologist. We have to wait for 10 days for the report.
HE did not tell us anything abt wat a bone decay is. Could you please assist by letting us know its impact?
Thanks in advance for your response.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:41 pm

User avatar Hello,
Another word for bone decay is osteonecrosis. Often this is caused by poor blood supply to a bone especially after a fracture but may occur spontaneously.

Osteonecrosis is more common in the hip and the knee.

Depending on the extent of necrosis and the location, conservative treatment is attempted first but if failed, then surgical correction may be needed.

Take care.

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