Osteonecrosis of the hip

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Since osteonecrosis is related to the lack of blood to the site in question is there any correlation between lack of exercise,heavy cigarette smoking,steroids and alcohol to the extent of bone damage? Is there one of the above situations that is a usual cause, does a combination of two situations compound the effect.

-- Robert O. Kirk D.D.S. (BKIRK72657@aol.com), July 12, 1999


There is no correlation between lack of exercise and Osteonecrosis (on). However, smoking, steroids and alcohol are all correlated with an increasing INCIDENCE of ON. there is also good epidemiological evidence that the INCIDENCE increases with combinations of the above. However there is no data correlating the EXTENT of the lesions and the above risk factors.

-- David Hungerford, MD (dhunger@jhmi.edu), September 07, 1999.

You should visit the following website: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions/DiseaseCenter/osteonecrosis.asp

-- Robert Toussie (Robert Toussie @aol.com), March 15, 2004.

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