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Avascular necrosis

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Some regions of the human skeleton have a much higher tendency to develop ischaemia and bone necrosis after injury. Most commonly, these are:

  • neck of femur - avascular necrosis of this area may occur after fracture of the femoral neck or dislocation of the hip
  • proximal pole of the scaphoid bone - avascular necrosis may occur after fracture through the waist of the scaphoid
  • body of the talus - after a fracture through its neck

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