Avascular necrosis is associated with long-term steroid use and drinking too much alcohol. It's most common in people between the ages of 30 and 60 and often affects the hip.

Early stages may be symptom-free. Eventually, the affected joint may hurt when weight is put on it or when lying down.

Treatment includes physical therapy, surgery, and medications.

The death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply.
  • bone infarction
  • Osteonecrosis

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

Rare

< 0
Cases per year

Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging always required

Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

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