Avascular necrosis; Osteonecrosis; Ischemic bone necrosis; AVN; Aseptic necrosis
There are no symptoms in the early stages. As bone damage worsens, you may have the following symptoms:
Your health care provider will do a complete physical exam to find out if you have any diseases or conditions that may affect your bones. You will be asked questions about your symptoms and medical history. The questions might include:
Be sure to let your health care provider know about any medications or vitamin supplements you are taking, even over-the-counter medicine.
After the exam, your health care provider will order one or more of the following tests:
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