Can osteonecrosis spread from bone to bone : LUSENET : About Joints : One Thread

I have osteonecrosis in the second metatarsal head in my left foot. I would like to know if it will be the only affected bone or if it will spread.

-- Kim Marsh (, September 20, 2001


Osteonecrosis can affect any bone. However, it doesn't "spread" as in infection spreading or cancer spreading. Moreover, osteonecrosis of the metatarsal head is a specific form of osteonecrosis thought to be related to repetitive micro-injury. It would be very unlikely that you would get osteonecrosis in any other location.

-- David S. Hungerford, M.D. (, October 08, 2001.

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-- Robert Toussie (Robert Toussie, March 15, 2004.

I have avn in all my feet bones talus calcannus meditarsals, ect... (i'm not a doctor just a patient. It is also in my legs arms kneess colar bones and shoulder blades. No one can tell me why.... I have been to university of miami teaching hospital to the May clinic in one can help me. maybe you have nay thoughts. let me know .

-- tammy cummings (, March 25, 2004.

Alittle over a year ago I was told I had Avascular Necrosis of my left ankle. Treatment: a weight bearing brace. About 10 months ago I was told I had the same thing of my right ankle. Another weight bearing brace. Within the last 3-4 months I have been experiencing pain in my knees, hips and groin. I was told I have Avascular Necrosis of those joints also. Is it just moving up my body so that eventually I won't be able to move? The pain is terrible. For which I was given nothing. I do have alot of other problems with RA, and blood clots. I guess this really isn't an answer to your problem, but was just letting you know what is happening to me.

-- Nancy Gardner (, June 20, 2004.

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