Avascular necrosis of the humeral head treated by core decompression. A retrospective review

M. A. Mont, D. C. Maar, M. W. Urquhart, D. Lennox, D. S. Hungerford

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Abstract

Thirty shoulders, in 20 patients, which had undergone core decompression for symptomatic avascular necrosis of the humeral head were reviewed 2 to 14 years later (average 5.6). Twenty-two showed good or excellent clinical results; the other eight shoulders had required arthroplasty. All 14 shoulders with stage I or II radiological changes (Ficat and Arlet 1980) at operation had good or excellent results. We advocate early core decompression for symptomatic avascular necrosis of the humeral head.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-788
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Volume75
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Mont, M. A., Maar, D. C., Urquhart, M. W., Lennox, D., & Hungerford, D. S. (1993). Avascular necrosis of the humeral head treated by core decompression. A retrospective review. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B, 75(5), 785-788.