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Is avascular necrosis serious?

Yes. Left untreated, many cases of avascular necrosis will lead to bone degeneration, bone collapse and disability. Range of movement within the nearby joint can be greatly reduced and debilitating arthritis is a common outcome.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Perthes disease

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