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Atraumatic osteonecrosis of the humeral head.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of rheumatology
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
7
Pages
1766–1773
Identifiers
PMID: 10914865
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We observed a low incidence of humeral head involvement in the osteonecrosis patient cohort (7% of all osteonecrosis patients), and a high incidence of corticosteroid use (82%). hip involvement (81%), and bilateral disease (74%). Osteonecrosis of the humeral head should be suspected in patients presenting with shoulder pain and a history of osteonecrosis in other joints. Hip screening for osteonecrosis is advocated in patients with shoulder involvement. Early detection of shoulder osteonecrosis may permit a more conservative, joint-sparing approach as an alternative to surgical management.

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